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2021 Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates

4,108 Bachelor's Degrees
$43,816 Avg Salary
$26,614 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best General Architecture School for You

Highest Paid General Architecture GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 4,108 people earned their bachelor's in general architecture, making the major the #88 most popular in the United States. The architecture school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Architecture Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates ranking analyzed 60 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in architecture.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

Comparing Average Salaries of General Architecture Majors

After graduation, general architecture majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $43,816 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 10% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Architecture Graduates from Schools Nationwide  43,816
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid General Architecture Grads in the United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid architecture graduates.

Top 18 Best Schools for Highly Paid Architecture Graduates

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Notre Dame. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $55,200.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Notre Dame take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,874. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $254.

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Yale University

New Haven, CT

Yale University comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. Yale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New Haven.

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#2

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Princeton University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

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#2

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $53,700.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Carnegie Mellon take out while working on their bachelor's is $27,067. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $320.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general architecture school. UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Boston Architectural College. Boston Architectural Center is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $53,000.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Boston Architectural Center take out while working on their bachelor's is $44,942. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $514.

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Columbia University in the City of New York comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at Columbia accumulate an average of around $29,558 in student debt.

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California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the small suburb of San Luis Obispo. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $52,900.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo accumulate an average of around $23,366 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $272.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State Polytechnic University - Pomona. Located in the suburb of Pomona, CSU Pomona is a public college with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $52,500.

Architecture majors at CSU Pomona take out an average of $22,666 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $275.

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#6

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Drexel University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,400.

Architecture majors at Drexel take out an average of $32,868 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $322, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of New York, Cooper Union is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#7

California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

California College of the Arts earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Francisco, California College of the Arts is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,400.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at California College of the Arts accumulate an average of around $40,290 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $438.

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#7

CUNY City College

New York, NY

CUNY City College comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of New York, City is a public college with a large student population.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, MIT is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Wentworth Institute of Technology comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Boston, WIT is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $51,300.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at WIT accumulate an average of around $24,321 in student debt. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize University of San Francisco as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, architecture majors make an average salary of $51,200.

Architecture majors at USFCA take out an average of $23,001 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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#9

Tufts University

Medford, MA

Tufts University comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Medford, Tufts is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general architecture school. Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $50,600.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Northeastern take out while working on their bachelor's is $28,601. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $318, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates award.

Rank College Location
10 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
11 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
12 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
13 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
13 Rice University Houston, TX
14 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
15 Auburn University Auburn, AL
17 Howard University Washington, DC

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General Architecture is one of 8 different types of Architecture & Related Services programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Architecture

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 1,864
Urban & Regional Planning 847
Landscape Architecture 717
Environmental Design 591
Interior Architecture 484

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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