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2021 Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in California

585 Bachelor's Degrees
$48,167 Avg Salary
$31,717 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in CaliforniaGeneral Architecture is the #73 most popular major in California with 585 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019. This means that colleges and universities in the state were responsible for awarding 14.2% of all the architecture bachelor's degrees in the country. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Architecture list to help you make the college decision.

For this year's Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in California ranking, we looked at 8 colleges that offer a bachelor's in architecture.

The numbers used in this ranking are early career salaries, which we define to be 10 years after 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.

Salaries of General Architecture Majors After Graduation

After graduation, general architecture majors from schools in California earn an average salary of $48,167 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 21% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Nationwide, the average salary for graduates with a bachelor's degree in architecture is $43,816. This means that degree holders from schools in California make 10% more than their countrywide peers.

Average Salary for Architecture Graduates from Schools in California  48,167
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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 California

Below you'll see a list of the colleges and universities that produce the highest paid general architecture majors.

Best Schools for Highly Paid Architecture Graduates in California

Our rankings recognize California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a public college with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, architecture majors make an average salary of $52,900.

On average, architecture graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo take out $23,366 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 $272.

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The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at UCLA take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,510.

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California State Polytechnic University - Pomona comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. CSU Pomona is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pomona. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, architecture majors make an average salary of $52,500.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at CSU Pomona take out while working on their bachelor's is $22,666. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $275, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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California College of the Arts

San Francisco, CA

California College of the Arts landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general architecture school. California College of the Arts is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $51,400.

On average, architecture graduates from California College of the Arts take out $40,290 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $438, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Our rankings recognize University of San Francisco as the #4 school in this year's rankings. USFCA is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of San Francisco. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $51,200.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at USFCA take out while working on their bachelor's is $23,001. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $270, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of Southern California comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $48,600.

Architecture majors at USC take out an average of $31,164 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 $336.

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University of California - Berkeley comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public school with a fairly large student population. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $47,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from UC Berkeley carry an average student debtload of $15,530. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $156, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

Woodbury University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general architecture school. Located in the city of Burbank, Woodbury is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, architecture majors make an average salary of $46,300.

On average, architecture graduates from Woodbury take out $40,241 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $450.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Newschool of Architecture and Design. Newschool of Architecture and Design is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of San Diego. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $43,700.

While working on their bachelor's, architecture majors at Newschool of Architecture and Design accumulate an average of around $40,511 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 $412.

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Best General Architecture Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best General Architecture Colleges in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 229 91
Oregon 178 133
Nevada 117 21

One of 8 majors within the Architecture & Related Services area of study, General Architecture has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Architectural Sciences & Technology 150
Urban & Regional Planning 148
Landscape Architecture 112
Real Estate Development 94
Environmental Design 36

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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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