A Deep Dive Into the Salaries of NYC Architects
Defining what constitutes fair compensation represents perhaps one of the most contentious and divisive workplace issues roiling the architectural profession in the contemporary era. Whether it’s the spirited conversations surrounding unpaid and underpaid internship culture, the fight for equal pay. regardless of gender, increasing pushes for unionization in architecture and aligned professions, or the popularization of the four-day workweek, the news is heavy with compensation discourse.
Not only that, but views on proper, fair, and equitable compensation vary widely by practice, firm type, and even among managers themselves, fueling uncertainty and secrecy that ultimately does little to help the average employee.
To help lend an element of transparency to these conversations, Archinect initiated the Architecture Salary Poll in 2013 to provide an anonymous forum for architectural workers to list their compensation figures. Over the years, we have collected thousands of submissions that provide valuable insight into salaries in the field. As part of a new series, we will be taking a look at regionally specific salary breakdowns to highlight trends, issues, and bright spots using data that we have collected via the salary poll.