Architecture & engineering occupations

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2019 Workforce
3.25M
Average Age
42.7
Average Salary
$91,044
Average Male Salary
$93,753
Average Female Salary
$77,323

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Architecture & engineering occupations are most often employed by the Architectural, engineering & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Architecture & engineering occupations was $91,044 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Architecture & engineering occupations by wage are Computer & mathematical occupations, Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, and Management occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Architecture & engineering occupations are Fort Bend County (West & South) PUMA, TX, Sunnyvale & San Jose (North) Cities PUMA, CA, and Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Architecture & engineering occupations are Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA, Hillsboro City PUMA, OR, and Chandler City (South) PUMA, AZ.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Architecture & engineering occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Architecture & engineering occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Architecture & engineering occupations, by average wage, is Taxi & limousine service. Architecture & engineering occupations are paid most in North Hempstead Town (North) PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$91,044
AVERAGE SALARY
± $859

In 2019, Architecture & engineering occupations earned an average of $91,044, $35,520 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Computer & mathematical occupations make somewhat more than Architecture & engineering occupations while Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Architecture & engineering occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.319
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Architecture & engineering occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.319, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Architecture & engineering occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Architecture & engineering occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Architecture & engineering occupations, by number of employees, are Architectural, engineering & related services, Construction, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Architecture & engineering occupations, by average wage, are Taxi & limousine service, Internet publishing, broadcasting & web search portals, and Grocery & related product merchant wholesalers.

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Industries by Share

3.25M
2019 Workforce
± 43,772
11.5%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.76%

The number of people employed as Architecture & engineering occupations has been growing at a rate of 11.5%, from 2,912,338 people in 2018 to 3,248,198 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Architecture & engineering occupations employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Architecture & engineering occupations at  22.7%, followed by Construction with 6% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 5.51%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Architecture & engineering occupations in the US. The average age of male Architecture & engineering occupations in the workforce is 43.4 and of female Architecture & engineering occupations is 39.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Architecture & engineering occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

2.71M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 40,073
536k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 17,936

83.5% of Architecture & engineering occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Architecture & engineering occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

69.7% of Architecture & engineering occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.8% of Architecture & engineering occupations, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Age by Gender

43.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.204
39.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.435

The median age of Architecture & engineering occupations is 42.7, and Male employees are generally 4.24 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Architecture & engineering occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Architecture & engineering occupations is Engineering but a relatively high number of Architecture & engineering occupations hold a major in Architecture and Related Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Architecture & engineering occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Architecture & engineering occupations need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Architecture & engineering occupations need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Programming.

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