WASHINGTON, DC, December 15, 2003—The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2003 Graduating Student Survey reveals that salaries rose to an average of $35,000 in 2003, compared to $33,000 in 2002, for all who found positions.
For graduates of undergraduate programs, the average 2003 starting salary was $34,000, compared to $32,000 in 2002. For graduates of graduate programs the 2003 starting salary averaged $41,000, compared to $38,000 in 2002.
Also of note, ASLA membership has increased by six percent over the past year, to more than 14,000 members, a record in the Society’s 104-year history. The ASLA Awards Program drew nearly 500 entries, exhibit space in the annual ASLA Expo sold out months prior to the October show, and advertising revenue for ASLA’s magazine, Landscape Architecture, is up by 30 percent over 2002.
“All of these figures reflect the growing demand for landscape architecture services,” said Susan L.B. Jacobson, FASLA, president of ASLA. “In addition to more traditional projects, like parks, residential, commercial, and planning, our members are leading new markets, such as security design and green roofs. It’s a very good time to be a landscape architect.”
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.