New York City is awash in architectural details and architectural design salaries.
But the city is not the only place where the pay gap is wide, with workers earning just a little more than their peers.
Here are the top 10 cities where architects are making the most.1.
New York, NY 2.
Philadelphia, PA 3.
San Francisco, CA 4.
Los Angeles, CA 5.
Chicago, IL 6.
Seattle, WA 7.
San Diego, CA 8.
Denver, CO 9.
Chicago’s Inner Loop 10.
Portland, OR—Innovation is king in New York.
Here’s what that means for designers:1.
Most designers earn about $200,000.
That’s up about $300,000 from 2016, according to a new study by research firm CB Insights.
And the gap between salaries for architects and other types of workers is wider than the one in many other cities.2.
Designers have the best opportunity for advancement.
Design teams are often recruited from universities and non-profit institutions, which means the pay can be higher than in other industries.
Design-related work is considered a “high-risk” occupation.3.
Most of the new architecture firms in the city make about $400 million, according.
It’s higher than the average salary of a designer, and a third of the average salaries for non-designers.4.
A majority of new buildings are constructed by architects.
That includes two-thirds of new residential projects and a fifth of all residential projects.5.
The most common type of work that’s done is in “high risk” occupations.
For example, it includes “architecture” and “architech.”6.
In some ways, the high salaries are typical for the sector.
For instance, the median annual salary for architects is $1.8 million, the study found.
But many architects also work in a range of other industries, including in retail, hospitality, and retail management.7.
The profession has the most diversity.
About 30 percent of architects in New Mexico, Nevada, and California have more than one parent or sibling.
Eight of the top 100 employers in New Jersey are architectural firms, according the CB Insight study.8.
Many of the people who work in architectural firms are people who are already making good money.
The median salary for those in architecture is $2.3 million.9.
A lot of people in the profession are young and well educated.
Nearly three-quarters of architects are in their 20s, according CB Ins.10.
The cost of living in New Yorks’ cities is among the highest in the country.
The average monthly rent for an apartment in Manhattan, for example, is $3,600.