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2021 Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

609 Bachelor's Degrees
$42,100 Avg Salary
$24,007 Avg Student Debt

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Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, general architecture was ranked #88 in the country. In fact 4,108 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 609 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Highest Paid Architecture Graduates ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

This year's Highest Paid General Architecture Graduates in the Great Lakes Region ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree 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.

How Much Do General Architecture Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduating, general architecture majors that go to school in the Great Lakes Region go on to jobs making an average of $42,100 per year. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 6% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

The national average salary for architecture bachelor's degree holders is $43,816. That's pretty close to the average for students who get their degree from a school in the Great Lakes Region .

Average Salary for Architecture Graduates from Schools in the Great Lakes Region  42,100
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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 the Great Lakes Region

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Top 10 Best Schools for Highly Paid Architecture Graduates in the Great Lakes Region

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Notre Dame. Located in the large suburb of Notre Dame, Notre Dame is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that 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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Illinois Institute of Technology comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $46,900.

On average, architecture graduates from Illinois Tech take out $31,892 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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Our rankings recognize Southern Illinois University Carbondale as the #3 school in this year's rankings. SIUC is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Carbondale. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $41,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from SIUC carry an average student debtload of $20,851. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. U of Michigan is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor. Architecture majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $40,400.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at U of Michigan take out while working on their bachelor's is $16,638. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $173, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Detroit Mercy. Located in the large city of Detroit, UDM is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Architecture majors at UDM take out an average of $29,415 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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Ohio State University - Main Campus comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public school with a very large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $39,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from Ohio State carry an average student debtload of $25,353. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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Our rankings recognize University of Cincinnati - Main Campus as the #5 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that architecture majors at Cincinnati take out while working on their bachelor's is $20,802. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a public school with a fairly large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in architecture from the school is $39,300.

Architecture majors at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee take out an average of $23,074 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 $246.

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Kent State University at Kent landed the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid general architecture school. Kent State is a very large public school located in the suburb of Kent. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, architecture majors make an average salary of $39,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, architecture graduates from Kent State carry an average student debtload of $25,241. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Chicago. Students who receive their bachelor's in architecture from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $36,400.

Architecture majors at UIC take out an average of $22,086 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Best General Architecture Colleges by State

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State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Michigan 255 100
Ohio 246 219
Illinois 231 168
Indiana 227 29
Wisconsin 209 93

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 197
Urban & Regional Planning 101
Interior Architecture 91
Landscape Architecture 87
Architecture (Other) 24

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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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