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Green shoots for US architects as pay and workload grow

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Architects’ pay has risen in the US, according to data, with average salaries for those with significant experience breaking the $100,000 barrier

A survey by DesignIntelligence found that architects with 20 years’ experience had an average base salary of $101,101 (£63,800) – up more than 3 per cent on the previous year.

It is a good time for British architects to be searching for work in the US

The average salary for architects with five to nine years in the profession was $60,279, again representing an increase in excess of 3 per cent.

The research, conducted in late 2011, represents data from US firms with more than 12,000 staff.

Its publication comes after the American Institute of Architects announced a fourth consecutive month of positive billings data.

Its Architecture Billings Index posted 51.0 for February, where any score above 50 represents an increase on the previous month.

The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from 61.2 the previous month, and its highest reading since July 2007.

AIA chief economist Kermit Baker said: ‘This is more good news for the design and construction industry, which continues to see improving business conditions. 

‘The factors that are preventing a more accelerated recovery are persistent caution from clients to move ahead with new projects, and a continued difficulty in accessing financing for projects that developers have decided to pursue.”

California-basedBuro Happold principal David Herd earlier this month told AJ that many US firms were seeking foreign partners to help them win work.

‘It is a good time for British architects to be searching for work in the US,’ he said.

‘We have a number of projects where architects are joint venturing to bring in sector or client-specific experience.

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