Architecture & engineering occupations

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2020 Workforce
3.03M
Average Age
42.6
Average Salary
$91,562
Average Male Salary
$94,308
Average Female Salary
$77,178

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Architecture & engineering occupations are most often employed by the Architectural, engineering & related services industry. The average yearly wage for Architecture & engineering occupations was $91,562 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Architecture & engineering occupations by wage are Computer & mathematical occupations, Business & financial operations occupations, and Management occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Architecture & engineering occupations are San Jose (Northwest) & Santa Clara Cities PUMA, CA, Troy & Rochester Area PUMA, MI, and Fremont City (East) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Architecture & engineering occupations are Hillsboro City PUMA, OR, Milpitas & San Jose (Northeast) Cities PUMA, CA, and Troy & Rochester Area PUMA, MI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Architecture & engineering occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Architecture & engineering occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Architecture & engineering occupations, by average wage, is N/A. Architecture & engineering occupations are paid most in Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Hillsboro City PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$91,562
AVERAGE SALARY
± $882

In 2020, Architecture & engineering occupations earned an average of $91,562, $35,608 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Computer & mathematical occupations make somewhat more than Architecture & engineering occupations while Business & financial operations occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Architecture & engineering occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.314
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Architecture & engineering occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.314, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Architecture & engineering occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Architecture & engineering occupations

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Architecture & engineering occupations, by average wage, are N/A.

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Industries by Share

3.03M
2020 Workforce
± 42,276
4.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.91%

The number of people employed as Architecture & engineering occupations has been growing at a rate of 4.68%, from 2,891,418 people in 2019 to 3,026,851 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Architecture & engineering occupations employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Architecture & engineering occupations at  23%, followed by Construction with 5.55% and Aircraft & parts manufacturing with 5.51%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Architecture & engineering occupations in the US. The average age of male Architecture & engineering occupations in the workforce is 43.2 and of female Architecture & engineering occupations is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Architecture & engineering occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

2.54M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 38,804
485k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 17,073

84% of Architecture & engineering occupations are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Architecture & engineering occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

69.6% of Architecture & engineering occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.7% of Architecture & engineering occupations, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Architecture & engineering occupations.

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Age by Sex

43.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.208
39.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.448

The median age of Architecture & engineering occupations is 42.6, and Male employees are generally 3.87 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Architecture & engineering occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Architecture & engineering occupations is Engineering but a relatively high number of Architecture & engineering occupations hold a major in Architecture and Related Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Architecture & engineering occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Architecture & engineering occupations need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Architecture & engineering occupations need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Programming.

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