10 Countries With The Highest Architect Salaries In The World

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2021)

An architect is a person who plans, designs and reviews the construction of buildings. Salaries vary depending on various factors such as location, job rank and years of experience. Here are some of the countries in the world with the highest-paid architects.

1. United Arab Emirates

Average salary – $120,000

Dubai and the larger part of UAE is experiencing major growth in the construction and property industry hence architects are in high demand. A site architect earns a monthly income of between Dh17,000 – Dh25,000 while a senior architect earns between Dh29,000 – Dh45,000.

2. Hong Kong

Average Salary – $94,000

A fresh architectural graduate earns a monthly income of HK$24,300 while one who is registered with 5 years experience makes HK$46,000 monthly. Registered architects with 10 years of experience have a monthly income of HK$61,500 while an associate make HK$87,800 monthly. The top-earning are the directors with a monthly salary of HK$121,200.


3. United States

Average Salary – $80,490

An architect in the United States earns a mean annual wage of $80,490. The highest paying states are California, New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts and Alaska. There are currently over 110,000 architects employed in the country.

4. Switzerland

Average Salary – $78,000

Switzerland is a country with generally high wages and an architect here earns an annual salary of around CHF78,000.

5. Singapore

Average Salary – $70,000

According to the salary guide by Kelly Services and Capita an architect makes an between SGD6,000 – SGD8,500 each month.

6. Ireland

Average Salary – 62,000


7. United Kingdom

Average Salary – $60,000

A Part I architectural assistant has a salary in the range of £18,000 to £22,000 while a Part II may get up to £35,000. A fully qualified architect earns between £32,000 and £45,000. A senior associate, partner or director earns between £45,000 and £70,000. The salaries vary due to location and experience.


8. Canada

Average Salary – $60,000

A typical full time annual salary for this occupation falls in the range of CA$65,000 – CA$80,000. Those working in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto make the most money. There are currently over 17,000 architects employed in Canada


9. Australia

Average Salary – $60,000

According to the Association Of Consulting Architects Australia’s survey, the average graduate with 2 years or less experience has a salary of around AU$56,000 while those with six years experience made around AU$82,000. Associates made around AU$102,000 while directors earned AU$124,000.


10. Japan

Average Salary – $57,000

A first-class architect with a license from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism carries out business such as design supervision. Their average monthly income is 420,000 Yen or a yearly income of 6.5 million Yen.