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Architecture and Engineering Occupation Profiles


Distinct Groups (35)
Employment: 2,499,050
Mean Hourly Wage: $40.53
Mean Annual Wage: $84,300
Largest Employment Category—Civil Engineers--287,800
Smallest Employment CategoryAgricultural Engineers--1,980
Wages for the entire group can be found here.

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.

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The Bright Outlook jobs for this occupation are listed below.

Cartographers and Photogrammetrists  Rapid Growth  Video
Civil Engineers  Rapid Growth  Video
Environmental Engineering Technicians  Rapid Growth Video
Industrial Engineers Rapid Growth Video
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Rapid Growth  Video
Petroleum Engineers Rapid Growth  Video
Surveying and Mapping Technicians Rapid Growth Video
Surveyors Rapid Growth Video


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.

Did you know? The metropolitan area with the highest employment level, that is not located in a State typically noted for employment in this occupational group is…. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division (with 52,790 workers). Similarly, you might never guess the metropolitan with the highest concentration of jobs in this group. It’s not in California, Michigan, Texas or even New York. California-Lexington Park, MD has a surprising 119.14 jobs per 1,000 jobs in the Architecture and Engineering occupational group.


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


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