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9 Best Countries to Earn a High-Paying Landscape Architecture Salary

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Article by Kaila Johnson We research the 9 best countries to earn a high-paying Landscape Architecture salary . Perhaps you’ll be motivated to move there and get a job. Landscape architects serve an important role in the world, and if you talk to any landscape architect, you will hear how much they love the profession – but not the monetary compensation. Landscape architects aren’t the highest paid professionals. But making a good living in the field is easier in some countries than in others. Here are some of the top countries to earn a high-paying salary in the field of landscape architecture. (Click on any of the images to learn more about that project)

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1. Canada

Canada is home to beautiful landscapes, both natural and human-made. It’s no wonder, then, that Canada is home to amazing landscapes including Sugar Beach in Toronto, Ontario. (Check out the Top 10 Canadian projects). In order to become a landscape architect in Canada, one must earn either a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), then follow through with mandatory training and exam writing to become certified. This lengthy process does come with its benefits, however, and landscape architects in Canada enjoy higher-than-average salaries, with mid-range salaries ranging from $80,000 to $100,000 CAD.

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Sherbourne Common Park. Photo courtesy of PFS Studio

2. The United States

The United States, like Canada, houses many beautiful landscapes and varying geography. From industrial-type projects such as the Highline in New York City to natural spaces such as Yosemite National Park in California, the United States is home to many landscape architects and designers. And with so many educational institutions offering quality education, it is no wonder that the United States is a great place for a landscape architect to work, with the average salary for a licensed landscape architect being $77,000 USD.

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Philadelphia Navy Yards – Central Green. Credit: © Halkin Mason Photography

Philadelphia Navy Yards – Central Green

Philadelphia Navy Yards – Central Green. Credit: © Halkin Mason Photography

3. Australia Another high-earning country for landscape architects is Australia. No matter what your profession is, Australia tends to have higher-than-average wages. With an average salary range between $41,943 and $84,447 AUD, you can live comfortably in Australia. And with such a favorable climate, you can work with some of the most diverse flora in the world!
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Australian Garden. Credit: John Gollings

4. United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

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Burj Khalifa Tower Park; credit: Tom Fox and SWA Group.

Dubai, of the United Arab Emirates, is paved with extraordinary architecture and engineering feats, but it also has amazing landscape architecture. This is, in part, because the country prospers so much off of its natural resources that it can afford to pay top dollar to top names. With an average salary of AED 216,000 to 264,000, landscape architects in Dubai can earn themselves some high-paying bragging rights.

5. Singapore

Unlike many Asian countries that offer lower salaries, Singapore is an exception. This high-tech country showcases some of the most impressive landscape architectural installations, such as this project by Singapore designers ONG & ONG. It also pays its landscape architects a decent wage, too, with an average annual salary of S$78,000.

Bishan Park

Bishan Park. Photo courtesy of Atelier Dreiseitl.

6. Switzerland

With arguably some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world, Switzerland has a lot to protect, manage, and design (just check out these designs if you need proof). There’s no wonder, then, that you can earn top dollar as a landscape architect in Switzerland, as the average landscape architect earns CHF 61,148 per year.

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Photo Credit: Schweiz – Kanton St. Gallen – St. Gallen: Stadtlounge Photographer: ANKAWÜ – CC 3.0

7. The United Kingdom

The UK is another place that regulates its landscape architects, with fully licensed members required to be a part of the Landscape Institute (LI). Regulations help to keep the salaries stable and competitive, with the Landscape Institute reporting that the most common salary band is from £30,000 to £40,000.

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Image courtesy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London Legacy Corporation

8. Germany

Germany is yet another European country that pays its landscape architects a respectable salary. Earning an average of €32,348 per year, this is a modest salary that allows landscape architects to live comfortably. Add in the higher-than-average (at least by North America’s standards) vacation time, this salary is very comfortable. This can help to explain why Germany sees so many talented landscape architects and projects within its borders. Check out this article for proof.

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Porsche Pavillion in Wolfsburg, Germany. Copyright Photographer: HG Esch

9. China

China is a country that is relatively inexpensive to live in, so lower salaries in comparison to the rest of the world don’t necessarily mean one can’t afford to live there, as many necessities and technologies are cheap. Foreigners who travel to China also tend to earn higher salaries, with the average salary for a landscape architect ranging from ¥108,000 to ¥324,000. Even if the salaries aren’t as high in China as they are in the rest of the world, China offers up some of the world’s most renowned projects. View some of them here.

Photo Credit: Vanke Daxing Retail and Leisure Centre, by SPARK and BAN Landscape, Beijing, China

Photo Credit: Vanke Daxing Retail and Leisure Centre, by SPARK and BAN Landscape, Beijing, China

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Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition 2014, by HHD-FUN. Photo credit: DuoCai Photograph

As you can see, landscape architects make a good Landscape Architecture salary all around the globe, but these countries tend to top the list in terms of salaries versus cost of living. With the profession growing in terms of its importance, as well as increasing awareness to environmental issues, there is no doubt that landscape architects worldwide can continue to be paid competitive salaries. So go ahead, pack your bags and take up work in the country of your dreams!

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