How much does a landscape architect earn?
Entry level graduates can expect to earn $30,000-$50,000/year depending on geographical location and the type of company. (example: private LA firm, multidisciplinary firm, municipal planning office, national park service, etc) Upon receiving licensure as a landscape architect, one can expect a substantial pay increase as your billable rate can increase as much as 50%.
Mid to senior level licensed landscape architects with 10-20 years experience can earn $60,000-$120,000 again, depending on geography and size of company. Earning potential can be much greater than this as an owner/principal of a private landscape architecture or multidisciplinary firm.
Simply, an architect designs buildings and a landscape architect designs landscaped areas such as public parks. Of course in reality there can be a bit of overlap, an architect might design the layout of a landscaped area, and a landscape architect might design some small structures in a landscape. Ultimately they are different specialisations with different areas of knowledge.
Many people who dream of designing gardens don't need to become a landscape architect, and being a landscape designer (without the architect's exam and internship) can be an excellent career choice for many. Check out my article on becoming a landscape designer:http://www.ehow.com/how_4696284_become-professional-landscape-designer.html