When I first thought about being an architect, and for most of my time in architecture school, I didn’t think much about what I would earn. I had entered the profession because I had a burning passion within myself to become an architect.
I was a few years into school before I even had a conversation with somebody about what we would make once we graduated.
My friend had “heard” that we would make about $20 an hour. I frowned. I was making $20 an hour at the job I left to go to architecture school.
The summer I got married, a lot of my classmates got internships. I was really curious about how much they made. I knew they were all really hard working, bright, eager people who had a lot invested in this career choice.
Some of them made barely minimum wage. Some worked abroad and made even less than the minimum wage.
Albert Bendersky just posted a blog post about this issue after polling architects around the world. The result, in a nutshell, is that architects the world over are grossly underpaid.Send Feedback | Permalink
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