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Architect - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Architect"

How much does an Architect in the federal government get paid? $120,230.23* *Based on the 2021 average.

Architect was the 188th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 770 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Public Buildings Service hired the most employees titled Architecture, with an average salary of $118,937.

Government Architecture jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Architecture job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Architect

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Public Buildings Service 146 $118,936.73
National Park Service 129 $102,398.19
Department of State 53 $148,627.77
National Institutes of Health 38 $138,277.63
Rural Housing Service 37 $102,457.73
Office of the Secretary (Department of Veterans Affairs) 35 $137,452.40
Veterans Health Administration 35 $102,490.86
U.S. Coast Guard 33 $103,998.82
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 27 $141,861.48
Federal Emergency Management Agency 26 $105,838.31
Forest Service 11 $99,786.36
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 11 $96,148.82
Department of Energy 11 $126,939.70
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 11 $127,928.36
Federal Aviation Administration 10 $117,717.90
Federal Bureau of Investigation 10 $134,220.78
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 9 $124,088.00
Offices, Boards and Divisions 8 $141,425.13
National Gallery of Art 8 $154,329.50
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 7 $141,175.14
National Institute of Standards and Technology 7 $143,124.43
Goddard Space Flight Center 7 $115,219.43
Environmental Protection Agency 6 $125,192.33
Customs and Border Protection 6 $126,157.00
Indian Health Service 5 $106,530.00
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 5 $115,787.50
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 5 $147,873.40
National Cemetery Administration 5 $130,580.00
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives 4 $114,991.25
Internal Revenue Service 4 $107,337.25
Bureau of Reclamation 4 $86,635.50
Commission of Fine Arts 4 $162,616.00
U.S. Marshals Service 3 $135,920.00
Indian Affairs 3 $102,590.33
Bureau of Land Management 3 $112,963.00
Presidio Trust 3 $119,650.33
Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys and the Office of U.s Attorneys 3 $120,972.00
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 3 $105,615.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 2 $134,569.00
Securities and Exchange Commission 2 $202,555.00
Health Resources and Services Administration 2 $123,600.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 2 $149,076.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 2 $152,793.00
Departmental Administration 2 $153,093.00
Agricultural Marketing Service 2 $91,676.50
Ames Research Center 2 $142,920.00
Geological Survey 2 $121,510.00
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 1 $101,797.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $114,059.00
National Science Foundation 1 $161,002.00
Government Printing Office 1 $124,728.00
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Resolution 1 $159,286.00
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 1 $130,898.00
Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity 1 $168,150.00
Office of Governmentwide Policy 1 $172,500.00
Federal Trade Commission 1 $148,534.00
Employment and Training Administration 1 $114,059.00
Veterans Benefits Administration 1 $147,034.00
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Logistics 1 $181,600.00
Social Security Administration 1 $118,016.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 1 $132,098.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $176,300.00
National Capital Planning Commission 1 $138,866.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $116,542.00

Architect Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Architect is $120,230.23. The highest paid Architect made $220,858 in 2021.

Common Architect Payscales

Payscale Number of Architecture Employees
GS - General Schedule 708
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 25
ZP - Scientific And Engineering Professional 14
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 10
ES - Senior Executive Service 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 3
SL - Senior Level Positions 3
SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay 2
EN - National Nuclear Security Administration Excepted Service Only 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1

Starting Paygrade: $36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Architecture jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Patent AdvisorProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Transportation Industry AnalysisAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Electrical EngineeringProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
PsychologyProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
Geodetic TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Architecture Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for an Architect was $83,170. Since then, the average pay has increased to $120,230 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0808.

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