What is the average starting architect salary?

As of May 2009, the average starting architect salary was $78,880 USD per year, according to the US Department of Labor and Statistics. Newly graduated architects are expected to earn approximately $54,000 to $72,000 USD annually during their first five years of working. After that, earnings for architects can soar to as much as $122,000 USD per year for those who demonstrate top skills and handle large scale commercial building and design projects for highly reputable firms. In addition to above-average starting salaries, many architects enjoy flexible schedules, the ability to travel for work, and the opportunity to work alongside other building artists on exciting projects around the globe.