Architecture and Engineering Occupation Profiles


The Architecture and Engineering occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 35 distinct occupational job types.

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 2,499,050 are employed in the Architectural and Engineering occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $84,300.

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence). The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Architecture and Engineering group’s mean hourly wage of $40.528, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $84,300.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category—Civil Engineers--287,800
Smallest Employment Category —Agricultural Engineers--1,980 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 


Lowest Paid (from lowest) 


What’s Hot: The engineers, including Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical and Civil (the largest with 287,800 members), Industrial and Electrical, rule this Architecture and Engineering group in terms of mean annual wage. The leading moneymakers are Petroleum Engineers ($147,030) and Computer Hardware Engineers ($118,700), respectively, well above the group’s MAW ($84,300). [Agricultural Engineers represent the smallest (sized) occupational group with 1,980 members, less than half the size of the next smallest occupation - Mining and Geological Engineers at 6,940. That said, Mining and Geological Engineers are well paid for their efforts, with a mean annual wage of $103,010.]

What’s Not: Technicians and drafters in several industrial fields comprise the entire leading ten on the Least Paid list, e.g., Surveying and Mapping Technicians ($45,490), Environmental Engineering Technicians ($52,500) and Architectural and Civil Drafters ($54,290).

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.