Architects in Chicago, Ill. can expect wages of $63K per year on average. For the most part, Architects in Chicago enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Chicago Architects who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,568 - $100,848
MEDIAN: $62,752

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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
1,320,015 (48.5%)
1,400,541 (51.5%)
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research...

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Architects in Chicago who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $52K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chicago Architects make a median salary of $76K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $108K.

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Experience Affects Architect (but not Landscape or Naval) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Architect (but not Landscape or Naval) Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
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Project Management
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autodesk autocad
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Adobe Illustrator
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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National Average

Adobe Photoshop
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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AutoCAD Architecture
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Autodesk 3ds Max
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3D Rendering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


29 %
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 21%