Architectural Engineering
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Overview
Architectural engineering is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of materials, systems, and methods used to construct and equip buildings intended for human habitation or other purposes.
Current award levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in architectural engineering at each level last year.
02004006008001KBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all architectural engineering graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 83% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 65% of other programs.
Gender
Of all people with any degree in architectural engineering earned in the last academic year, 33% were women.
Gender
Men
Women
Context: Percentage women
This is a lower percentage of women than 70% of other programs.
Salary
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in architectural engineering.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in architectural engineering have a median salary of $75,814.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 31% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 12% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
Employment
All of the following employment data applies to people holding a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 2.1%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 76% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 11% of workers who earned a bachelor's in architectural engineering are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering, perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
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Understanding this data
This section's data applies to people with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering

This section is informed by household surveys collected by the US Census Bureau in its American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS tells us all about the individuals surveyed -- education level, age, career, salary, home, etc. -- and includes the field of degree for people who earned a bachelor's degree. All of the data that follows is for individuals who earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, although we're also able to see the level of education the individuals attained. All higher degrees could have been in any field.

Employment overview
Percentage of architectural engineering bachelor's graduates who are working

Does getting a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering lead to a secure job? The donut chart shows the percentage architectural engineering majors who are working along with a broad view of where they work. We note:

  • Self-employed workers include those working in a family-owned business.
  • Government workers can be in local, state or federal governments.

Technically, about 11.9% of architectural engineering graduates are currently not working. However, only 2.1% are classified as "unemployed," while 9.8% are "not in the workforce." Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

88%
Percentage working by type of employer
Government
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self-employed
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
Private for-profit
total
Context: Unemployment rates

This chart lets you see whether architectural engineering majors have better unemployment rates than bachelor's graduates from other fields. In the shaded box plot, the percentage of unemployed with this degree is shown in blue, along with the distribution of the percentage of unemployed graduates for each bachelor's degree field.

2.1%0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%
Salary overview
Typical salaries for architectural engineering majors

How does the median (middle) salary for architectural engineering majors compare to the median salaries for other majors? The chart below compares the median salaries for all bachelor's graduates by major. Here and everywhere that we discuss salary, we limit the population to those with bachelor's degrees who report working at least 35 hours a week and are aged 65 and younger.

Context: median salaries
$75,814$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Above we compared the median salaries earned across college majors. Now we'll view the full salary range for architectural engineering majors. The charts below show the full distribution of salaries for this degree alone, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary includes all people who may also have received graduate education in this or any field. You can tease out the importance of graduate education in the last tab in the section.

$77K$37K$104K$82K$67K$78K$78K$76K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KPrivate for-profit (75.7% )Self Emp. Not Incorp. (4.2% )Federal government (2.9% )Self Emp. Incoporated (6.5% )Local government (3.1% )State government (3.5% )Private not-for-profit (4.0% )Overall (100%)

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

The battle of the sexes
Gender and success for architectural engineering majors

The donut chart shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering. In the graphs that follow, we'll explore how these percentages compare to other bachelor's holders, and we'll also investigate the impact of gender on pay.

Gender
Men (80%)
Women (20%)
Context: Gender representation

How does the gender balance change according to college major? In the chart below, we see that architectural engineering has more men than most other degrees.

20%80%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Distribution: salaries by gender

The chart below shows the distribution of salaries by gender of architectural engineering majors who are working 35 or more hours and are 65 or younger. If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars will be about the same. Many programs' graduates struggle with men's wages higher at all points of the salary distribution, including significantly higher top salaries.

$78K$69K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity

For architectural engineering graduates, men generally earn 13% more than women. This is better than many: 90% of programs have graduates with higher salary inequities.

13%13%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Age and Advancement
Insights from the ages of architectural engineering bachelor's-holders

The ages of people in the US with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering can give us a hint about whether this degree is in-fashion or out-of-fashion. A higher percentage of older people with a degree suggests that newer degree options have edged out this degree for recent graduates. Likewise, a higher percentage of younger people with a degree may suggest that this degree has become more popular in recent years.

Careeer Advancement

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for architectural engineering graduates who are working 35 or more hours weekly. Is there room for advancement in careers that stem from this degree?

$89K$74K$83K$90K$85K$64K$75K$53K$104K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KSalaries by age20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05001K2K2K3KNumber with major20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Need for higher degrees
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Can architectural engineering majors earn a high salary without obtaining a graduate degree? Below, we dive into the prevalence of graduate degrees for architectural engineering majors, and we explore how much a graduate degree can be expected to increase salaries. Among all architectural engineering completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 22% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in architectural engineering
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Deg/Doct
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

The donut shows the degree levels awarded in architectural engineering today. Now we'll use American Community Survey (ACS) data and look at all workers in the US who majored in architectural engineering when in college.

We know that about 31% architectural engineering majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of architectural engineering majors also earned a graduate degree is near the middle in comparison to other fields.

31%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: architectural engineering majors' salaries by education level

We saw above that 31% earned a graduate degree after earning a bachelor's in architectural engineering, but was this necessary for earning a good salary? We can see this answer in two ways. First, we can see the salary distribution for people with a bachelor's in architectural engineering by their highest education attained. Remember, we only know the field for the bachelor's degree; the graduate degree can be in any field.

$73K$94K$82K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeProfessional Deg/Doct

Note that we do not include salary data when the survey standard error is higher than 20% of the salary. Therefore, some categories may be missing or may only provide partial salary ranges. To provide salary breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, age, and other factors. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of these characteristics on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

The second way that we can explore the impact of higher education on salary is to compare median salaries for workers with each level of education. We measure the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved, and contrast that with similar measurements for other fields.

Sure, we think a higher degree would almost always help salary, but are there some majors that "need" a higher degree (in either the same or a new field) more than others in order to reach their earnings potential?

12%28%0%50%100%150%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to Professional Doctorate
Explore Careers
Careers for architectural engineering majors
Careers for architectural engineering majors

Here we look at ACS survey respondents across the US with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering, and we see their top careers. You can explore the salary distributions for all people in those careers, as well as the typical education help by workers in that job. If you see ** before the job name, that tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in architectural engineering. We did not find always find a strong correlation between that advice and where people were working.

Career
Select any column header to sort by that column, and select any row to explore that career.
Salary
Salary distribution 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Percentage with degree who are in job
Civil engineers
$0$200K$81K
16.7%
Managers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$72K
8.8%
Construction managers
$0$200K$66K
8.5%
**Engineers (specialized areas)
$0$200K$90K
5.7%
Architects
$0$200K$73K
5.5%
Designers
$0$200K$51K
4.2%
Mechanical engineers
$0$200K$83K
3.3%
**Architectural and engineering managers
$0$200K$121K
3.0%
Chief executives and legislators
$0$200K$96K
2.5%
**Postsecondary teachers
$0$200K$62K
2.2%
Electrical and electronics engineers
$0$200K$93K
1.8%
Drafters
$0$200K$52K
1.7%
Management analysts
$0$200K$76K
1.4%
Cost estimators
$0$200K$60K
1.2%
Applications and systems software developers
$0$200K$96K
1.1%
Retail salespersons
$0$200K$31K
1.0%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
$0$200K$39K
1.0%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
$0$200K$36K
0.9%
Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives
$0$200K$61K
0.9%
Computer programmers
$0$200K$82K
0.9%
Other routes to the top ten careers
Other majors that are hired by the top ten architectural engineering careers

Take a minute with this sankey diagram, and use your mouse/touch to explore. You can follow the top ten jobs held by architectural engineering graduates, and then, in turn, you can see the largest 10 degrees hired by each of those careers. We hope this gives you a glimpse at where you can most realistically hope to get a job with this degree, but also see alternatives for the same employment options. It's worth noting that for many degrees, the top ten jobs don't account for even half of the graduates. The data warns us / encourages us that a degree is only one piece of the puzzle that determines where we land.

This Degree
Top 10 careers
Top 10 degrees hired
Civil EngineeringGeneral EngineeringMechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringChemical EngineeringConstruction ServicesBusiness Management and AdministrationArchitectural EngineeringSpecialized Program in EngineeringGeneral BusinessAccountingPsychologyPolitical Science and GovernmentEconomicsMarketingFinanceArchitectureComputer SciencePhysicsComputer EngineeringAerospace EngineeringCommercial Art and Graphic DesignFine ArtsBiologyHistoryIndustrial and Manufacturing EngineeringMechanical Engineering Related TechnologiesCommunicationsEnglish Language and LiteratureSpecialized Program in Engineering TechnologiesIndustrial Production TechnologiesMathematicsNursingChemistryGeneral EducationCivil engineersManagers (specializedareas)Construction managersEngineers (specializedareas)ArchitectsMechanical engineersDesignersChief executives andlegislatorsDraftersPostsecondary teachersAll others
Jobs that choose architectural engineering majors
What careers hire architectural engineering majors as one of their top 10?

What jobs are especially seeking you out? The previous section let you explore the top ten jobs for people who earn bachelor's degrees in this field. Now we turn the tables a bit. What jobs have architectural engineering as one of the top ten majors they hire? Take this with a grain of salt, though, since some majors have more than 100,000 annual graduates and others have only a few thousand. Maybe employers would hire more of certain low-number majors if they could be found. In the bottom Sankey box, we show you the proportion of architectural engineering majors that are accounted for by the top 10 jobs -- there are a myriad of other options for most majors.

Careers where this degree is a top 10 hire
Degrees
Civil engineersAll other careersArchitectural EngineeringAll other degrees
Where can I complete this program?
What schools offer this program?
Explore schools that offer architectural engineering degrees and certificates

We've created a list of schools that offer this program for the level you select. We've also chosen a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually. You can filter the list by award level and by state. Clicking on any table headers will sort the table by that column, and clicking on any row sends you to Ididio's school profile.

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25 schools offer this program (all levels) in the selected area.
School
State
Total enrollment
Student to Full-time Faculty Ratio
Average Net Price
Repayment Rate
6-year Completion Rate
Auburn University
AL
22,392
20.3
$22,613
82%
73%
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
CA
19,398
22.8
$19,002
91%
78%
Drexel University
PA
14,741
19.7
$40,977
85%
64%
Illinois Institute of Technology
IL
2,847
17.2
$26,324
89%
73%
Kansas State University
KS
17,523
18.9
$17,465
82%
59%
Lawrence Technological University
MI
1,853
22.1
$27,373
74%
52%
Milwaukee School of Engineering
WI
2,663
20.2
$23,793
87%
61%
Missouri University of Science and Technology
MO
6,079
19.3
$14,133
89%
69%
North Carolina A & T State University
NC
9,245
23.1
$11,049
41%
48%
Oklahoma State University - Main Campus
OK
19,428
19.3
$14,513
76%
60%
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus
PA
44,253
18.0
$25,346
82%
75%
Tennessee State University
TN
6,194
20.5
$10,325
45%
41%
Texas A & M University - Kingsville
TX
5,700
20.0
$13,017
60%
44%
The University of Alabama
AL
31,279
24.8
$19,993
71%
68%
The University of Texas at Austin
TX
36,461
18.0
$14,356
86%
79%
University of Cincinnati - Main Campus
OH
23,297
23.4
$21,050
71%
65%
University of Colorado Boulder
CO
27,435
19.8
$20,323
82%
70%
University of Detroit Mercy
MI
2,551
13.8
$20,904
67%
65%
University of Kansas
KS
18,654
19.7
$18,365
78%
63%
University of Miami
FL
10,705
15.4
$42,204
83%
80%
Graduate program details
Explore architectural engineering graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The data is reported by program name and subject, and we have worked to match that data with the standard "CIP" titles that are the basis of these program pages. Please be aware that only a subset of all possible graduate programs share the details about financial support and admissions numbers with Peterson's. To see a complete list of schools who have graduated students with this degree, the previous section is much more reliable; however, this is a great place to look for a hint of schools that may offer financial support. You can see more details about each school's graduate programs in the Programs Offered section within that school's Ididio page.

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State
Total applicants
Percentage Admitted
Application Fee
Grad students with aid
The University of Texas at Austin
Program in Architectural Engineering (Master of Science in Engineering)
TX
$50
University of Kansas
Program in Architectural Engineering (Master of Science)
KS
11
55%
$65
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Program in Architectural Engineering (Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Architectural Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy)
NE
$40
Explore similar programs

Architectural Engineering is part of a larger collection of programs: Engineering. Is there a different program that's close to Architectural Engineering that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.

Program
Graduates
Award Levels
Less than Bachelor's
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Men
Women
Race/Origin
White
Minority
International
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