Salary Survey (Titles Defined)
Excerpted from the AIA* Compensation Report: A Survey of U.S. Architecture Firms salary survey.
To collect uniform comparative data about compensation at U.S. architecture firms, the AIA Economics and Market Research team defines typical positions in a typical architecture firm as shown below. These descriptions may or may not be descriptive of positions within your firm, and are provided for information only.
Unlicensed architecture school graduate in first year of internship.
Unlicensed architecture school graduate in second year of internship.
Unlicensed architecture school graduate in third year of internship; develops design or technical solutions under supervision of an architect.
Recently licensed architect or non-registered graduate with 3-5 years of experience; responsible for particular parts of a project within parameters set by others.
Licensed architect or non-registered graduate with 6-8 years of experience; responsible for daily design or technical development of project.
Licensed architect or non-registered graduate with 8-10 years experience; responsible for significant aspects of projects. Responsible for work on minor projects. Selects, evaluates, and implements procedures and techniques used on projects.
Licensed architect or non-registered graduate with more than 10 years of experience; has overall project management responsibility for a variety of projects or project teams, including client contact, scheduling, and budgeting.
Responsible for implementation, standards, upgrades, and training of CAD technology.
DEPARTMENT HEAD/SENIOR MANAGER
Senior management architect or non-registered graduate; responsible for major department(s) or functions; reports to a principal or partner.
Recently made a partner or principal of the firm; title may include vice president.
Principal or partner; titles may include executive or senior vice president.
SENIOR PRINCIPAL/PARTNER /OWNER
Typically an owner or majority shareholder of the firm; may be the founder; titles may include president, chief executive officer, or managing principal/partner.
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