salary advice for entry-level architect just graduating from Harvard
December 29, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
I am about to graduate from Harvard Architecture School (GSD) with an M.Arch. and am trying to think about what to do in terms of next career steps. I've worked in architectural offices over the summers (some prominent ones) and not been too thrilled with the work and am now trying to decide what to do about my career. A factor in my decision is earning potential and salary.
posted by cmp4Meta to Work & Money (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I had a career before starting architecture school where I was making close to $80K, but I left it because it was not satisfying.
I cannot get a straight answer out of anyone (including our employment office) about what kind of salaries to expect as someone starting out working in firms, but it would be useful to have some ballpark ideas so that I can think about whether sticking it out in architecture makes sense or whether I might want to revert to my old line of work.
Can folks out there give me an idea of what kind of starting salaries to expect (perhaps in big cities) and also what kind of earnings potential to expect 5 and/or 10 years out from graduation? The statistics that I found (NYT) are that unemployment is at 25% in architecture nationwide in the USA and 50% unemployment for recent grads - no idea how accurate these figures are, so I'd like to hear about that too. I am somewhat older because I came back to school after a prior career.
Does having the Harvard degree help? I know a lot of this depends on contingencies that cannot be predicted, but I need some general information just to start making decisions. Thanks in advance for your advice!