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US design recovery not reflected in pay

US architecture salaries are rising slower than inflation despite the rapid recovery in the industry, research has revealed

A survey by the American Institute of Architects found that average compensation – including overtime and bonuses – was $76,700 (£49,400) in 2013.

This was up just $1,700 from 2011 levels, an increase of little over 1 per cent per year, and effectively a pay cut when taking inflation into account.

Official figures show US architecture firms grew total revenue by 11 per cent from 2011 to 2012. 

And the AIA’s closely watched billings index has risen in 10 of the 11 months to June 2013, showing practices are undertaking more and more work.

Senior design and project management staff earned an average of $99,400 in 2013, up 2.3 per cent per year from 2011, but still behind inflation.

Architects and designers earned an average of $73,000 according to the poll, up 1.0 per cent per year. Interns received $47,000 per year, down in real terms from 2011.

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