2016 Earnings Survey - Overview

Overall ‘no change’ in headline figure disguises evidence of increased workloads and the potential for London rises to ripple out.


This year’s Architects’ Earnings Survey shows:

  • architects’ average earnings on 1st April 2016: £45,000

  • change in average earnings 2015 to 2016: +7 per cent

  • inflation over the same period: 0 per cent

  • per cent unemployed: 2 per cent; per cent not working for other reasons: 5 per cent

Chart:  Architects’ average earnings by field of employment, 2016 compared with 2015


The 2016 Earnings Survey is based on data collected from about 1,600 individual architects across all regions of the UK and all types and sizes of organisation. The full report Architects Earnings Architects Earnings shows how long-term trends in both earnings and employment have been developing over the years, together with a full analysis of the earnings and fringe benefits for ten different categories of architect, in eight regions of the UK. This year’s data refers to 1st April 2016.

CHART:  Trends in architects’ average earnings 2005-2015, compared with inflation

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