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Architecture in California

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Schools Offering Architecture Programs in California

Around 0.3% of California's graduates graduate from architecture degree programs every year. Thus, California's 59 architecture schools put out approximately 2,295 architects each year.

Top Schools

University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley, is the top-ranked school in California that has a architecture program. It received a ranking of 5th in the country in 2010. 318 students graduated with a degree in architecture from University of California-Berkeley in 2010. Tuition at University of California-Berkeley was $10,940 per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a architecture program is University of California-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 5th nationwide. In 2010, University of California-Los Angeles graduated 126 students from its architecture program. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.

The third-ranked school in California with a architecture program is University of Southern California, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. 263 students graduated with degree in architecture from University of Southern California in 2010. University of Southern California charged in-state students $41,022 in tuition fees per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of California's architecture schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $7,104 per year, though tuition can range from $41,130 per year to $624 per year. In 2010, the following California architecture schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. University of San Francisco - located in San Francisco, students are charged $36,380 per year

The architecture schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  2. Cosumnes River College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. Fullerton College - located in Fullerton, students are charged $656 per year

An architecture degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California architecture graduates become architects. In 2010, there were 10,170 architects working in California. The following counties have the largest number of California architects:

  1. Los Angeles County - 2,580 architects
  2. Marin County - 1,700 architects
  3. Orange County - 1,260 architects

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of architects is expected to grow by 7% by 2018. There are projected to be 16,600 architects working in the California then.


On average, architects earn $91,010 per year. However, California architects earned anywhere in the range from as less than $33,070 per year to more than $158,100 per year in 2010. The counties in California with the highest average salary for an architect are:

  1. El Dorado County - $102,930 per year
  2. Kern County - $100,620 per year
  3. Los Angeles County - $97,520 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for architects:

  1. San Luis Obispo County - $67,860 per year
  2. Alameda County - $82,810 per year
  3. Riverside County - $84,230 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in architecture. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as civil engineering or design.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Architecture in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Architecture in California
  • Master's Degree in Architecture in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Architecture in California
  • Certificate in Architecture in California

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Architectural and Civil Drafters 13,320 $54,900 -8.0%
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 10,170 $91,010 -18.9%
Landscape Architects 2,360 $83,640 -25.1%

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