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Architects and Architectural Services

SIC 8712 | NAICS 541310

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Architectural Services  (view report)
Interior Design Services  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Hanley Wood Media, Inc.
Architect Magazine

Monthly trade magazine features news and information for commercial and institutional architectural professionals, with topics covered in the magazine including industry trends, market intelligence, and business and technology solutions, and special features including summary highlights and data from practice management and compensation surveys conducted by the American Institute of Architects.

First Research
Architectural Services

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

American Institute of Architects
Information resources available from this organization include:

Architecture Billings Index
Monthly survey of architectural firm principals and partners provides information on current business conditions, with measures covered by the survey including design contracts, inquires, and billings on a national, regional, and sector basis for the last 12 months, with an index score of 50 representing no change and scores above or below 50 indicating an increase or decline from the previous month.

Consensus Construction Forecast
Semiannual report provides forecasts for various segments of the construction industry by leading construction forecasters, with organizations participating in these forecasts including Dodge Data & Analytics, IHS Economics, Moody's, FMI, Construct Connect, Associated Builders & Contractors, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC. Current and prior forecasts are available free online.

The Business of Architecture: AIA Firm Survey Report
Practice management survey examines trends in the changing practice of architecture and includes benchmarks and best practices for all areas of business operations, with topics covered in individual chapters of this publication including business profile and staff characteristics, firm billings and billing methods, construction sectors served, project management and delivery, and international business.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Architectural Services  Search for "541310"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

ZweigWhite, LLC
Financial Performance Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms

Annual financial survey allows users to compare their firm's financial and operating performance with other firms in terms of revenue and expenses, chargeability, revenue factor, overhead rates, average collection period, project backlog, and staff turnover, with detailed breakdowns of data provided by firm type, staff size, region in which headquarters is located, revenue growth rate, and client base.

PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey

Annual financial benchmarking report provides detailed comparative data on income and expenses, balance sheet items, labor overhead expenses, business development costs, staff ratios, and other nonfinancial measures for architectural and engineering firms, with financial information broken out by peer group based on firm size, type of firm, geographic location, client type, and market sector.

Compensation Surveys

American Institute of Architects
AIA Compensation Survey / Salary Calculator / calculator

Compensation survey provides base pay and additional cash compensation data for architectural firm employees, with compensation data broken out by firm size based on annual revenue and number of employees on a national, regional, state, and metro area basis. Free salary calculator which provides compensation data for selected jobs by location revenue and geographic region is available online.

ZweigWhite, LLC
Principals, Partners & Owners Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms

Compensation section of this survey provides comparative data on salaries, bonuses, overtime pay, shareholder distributions, and total compensation for principals, partners, and owners by age, gender, ownership percentage, firm type (architectural, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting), number of employees, region in which headquarters is located, revenue growth rate, and firm profit.

PSMJ Resources, Inc.
PSMJ A/E Management Compensation Benchmark Survey

Annual compensation and benefits survey provides base salary, bonus, and total compensation data for eighteen management positions and also includes information on projected salary increases and bonuses for the year ahead, with job positions covered in the survey including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, senior vice president, chief financial officer, controller, and business manager.

Business Valuation Resources

ZweigWhite, LLC
Valuation Survey of Architectural, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms

Annual valuation survey based on over 200 actual valuations provides six different valuation measures (e.g., TIC value per employee, TIC value/revenue, TIC value/backlog, TIC value/EBITDA, equity value/ profit and equity value/book value) for these firms in a comparative format by staff size, firm type, year founded, region of headquarters, growth rate, reason for valuation, and party conducting the valuation.

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Architectural Services

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for companies that plan, design, and oversee the construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of residential and non- residential buildings, structures, spaces, and landscapes, typically on a fee-based contract basis.