How Much Money does a Architect Make?

An architect doesn’t really get paid much in the early years… but have no fear because if you can ride it out long enough, salaries for architects can shoot up if you’re good at what you do and are eager to advance. According to the 2005 Compensation Report compiled by the AIA (American Institute of Architects), on average, an architect makes about $2900/month, which turns into about $34K/year. But, if you can work your way up to Department Head/Senior Manager, then you can be making more than double that. You could make about $85K/year, which turns out to be about $7100/month.