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Data from The Fees Bureau

2020 edition - 2019 survey 

RIBA / The Fees Bureau

Architects' Employment & Earnings Survey

Full report Architects Earnings is available here

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 CHART 1:  Long-term trends 

This year’s RIBA / The Fees Bureau Architects Employment & Earnings Survey main findings: 


  • architects’ average earnings on 1st April 2019: £42,395

  • change in average earnings 2018 to 2019: -6 per cent

  • inflation over the same period: 2 per cent

  • per cent unemployed: <1 per cent; per cent not working for other reasons: 2 per cent


The 2019 Earnings Survey is based on data collected from about 1,100 individual architects across all regions of the UK and all types and sizes of organisation.


The full report Architects Earnings shows how long-term trends in both earnings and employment have been developing over the years, together with a full analysis of the earnings and fringe benefits for ten different categories of architect, in eight regions of the UK.

This year’s data refers to 1st April 2019.

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Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

 CHART 2:  Profile of the profession

The chart below shows how the profession breaks down by gender, age and employment area. The gender breakdown becomes more balanced in the younger age groups.

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Source:  Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

 CHART 3:  Gender pay gap, long-term

The gender pay gap has narrowed although at this rate it will take another 20 years before the gender pay gap is eliminated.

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Source:  Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

 CHART 4:  Employment status

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Source:  Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

TABLE 1:  Average earnings by field of employment, 2019 and 2018

Source:  Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

* small sample, apply caution

TABLE 2:  How architects' earnings compare with inflation, 1995 - 2019

Source:  Architects Earnings, 2020, The Fees Bureau

There's a full analysis of the data in our report Architects Earnings - including earnings data for each employment field analysed by:

  • experience

  • gender

  • region

  • practice size


  • fringe benefits

  • holidays

  • hours worked

  • commuting and journey to work

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