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How will your architecture education stack up?

If you want to study architecture at home, you should be aware of how your education will compare to the education available elsewhere in the US. Below is some information to help you get started. There are 416 traditional architecture schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had architecture programs were:

  1. Harvard University - located in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  2. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in architecture were earned by 20,344 students in the US. Of these students, 806 received certifications in architecture, 12,145 received an undergraduate degree in architecture, and 7,393 received a graduate-level degree in architecture.


Students can pursue education in architecture at the following levels:

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

Architecture students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying architecture:

  • Architectural History
  • Building Design
  • Computer Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • Computer Aided Drawing


In 2010, architecture schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $25,652 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following architecture schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The lowest tuition was charged by the following architecture schools:

  1. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, students paid $5,625
  3. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176

How will your architecture job compare?

The highest percentage of architecture graduates pursue careers as architects. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 87,700 architects. The largest populations of architects are in the following states:

  1. California - 10,170 Architects
  2. New York - 9,030 Architects
  3. Texas - 7,020 Architects

Projected Growth

The projected growth for architects is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Oklahoma - 21%
  2. North Dakota - 21%
  3. Utah - 19%


On average, an architect earns a salary of $74,355 per year in the US. However, the salary for an architect can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, experience or professional associations and certifications. Salaries for architects range from less than $15,700 per year to more than $161,930 per year. The states with the highest average salary for an architect are:

  1. California - $91,010 per year
  2. Vermont - $89,280 per year
  3. Nevada - $88,560 per year

On average, an architect earns the least in the following states:

  1. North Dakota - $56,680 per year
  2. Montana - $58,760 per year
  3. Maine - $59,870 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Architectural and Civil Drafters 89,670 $48,740 -11.3%
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 87,700 $78,530 -9.3%
Landscape Architects 16,680 $66,880 -17.5%