Surveys: Salary Survey Supplement

Hope you enjoyed the recent AUGIWORLD feature on the Annual AUGI Survey. Check out this month’s article for additional historic trends for salaries by job title.

The September issue of AUGIWORLD Magazine gave a rundown of the 2014 AUGI Annual Survey, along with one page of historic trending, for job security and satisfaction and designer pay. With the limited space available for results in the magazine, I always highlight Designer average pay on the final page, as there are more of them taking this survey than any other job title.

However, I would like to take the chance here to share some more historic data for average salaries. You can find the older surveys in their entirety here: (must be logged in to download).

The numbers provided here in US dollars, for a 40 hour work week (so, no overtime pay), but they do include bonuses.

The numbers in these charts only go back to 2006 because pay used to be reported by ranges, I eventually switched to more precise reporting, just so it would be easier to report the data as I am doing below. Feel free to follow the link above to see graphs of the pay ranges from 2002-2005.

First, the job titles with the highest response rates: Designer, Drafter, CAD Manager, Engineer, Architect

Next, job titles with lower response rates: Account Executive, Land Surveyor, Instructor/Trainer/Educator, Project Manager, Programmer

Finally, we'll end with the Job Titles added in more recent years: Manager (Other), BIM Manager, Applications Engineer, BIM Coordinator, CAD Coordinator, Coordinator (Other), Intern, Specialist, Technician

The final set of graphs don't have much historic data to display, but, you can see especially on the first image that pay has grown somewhat steadily over the years, as we would expect. However, there are some setbacks evident during the recession, especially for architects. Let us end this month’s poll and survey article by taking a closer look at Architects.

Melanie Stone is a CAFM/ IWMS Specialist & System Administrator supporting and writing about ARCHIBUS, FMInteract, Tririga, Revit, AutoCAD, BricsCAD or similar. She served as an AUGI Director/Officer for over 6 years and is currently involved with the STLRUG. Melanie can be reached at or found on Twitter as @MistresDorkness on YouTube or on her Mistress Of the Dorkness blog.

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