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Project Architect Salary

Close to three-fifths of Project Architects in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $48K to $88K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K annually. Total incomes of Project Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $88K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Most Project Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,410 - $84,936
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $62,805
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$19.99 - $40.12
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,410 - $84,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,473  
Profit Sharing
$803 - $7,790  
Commission
$0.00 - $993  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,522 - $87,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.99 - $40.12  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,473  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$803 - $7,790  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,522 - $87,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302

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Job Description for Project Architect

A project architect coordinates the many parts of a project; they are in charge of product design, development of plans, construction documents, and consultation with other experts about the job being completed. The duties of a project architect depend greatly on the size of the project assigned to them. They oversee the workers involved in the design of the project, and they also are in charge of coordinating different pieces of the project with staff and clients. In some cases, the project architect also is responsible for communicating with the engineers and city officials that may be involved with the design phase of each project. They also determine the construction materials and the best methods for the project. They make sure that each project meets local zoning and building codes.

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Project Architect Tasks

  • Assess sites, relevant city codes, and other research.
  • Develop construction documents through consultation with clients.
  • Assess project needs and set objectives, budget, and schedule.
  • Work with vendors to ensure on-time delivery and on-budget production.

Common Career Paths for Project Architect


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Advancing into a Senior Project Architect role seems to be a popular career move for Project Architects, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $85K per year. A Design Architect or an Architecture Project Manager is a typical transition from a Project Architect role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Employees of Perkins and Will can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $84K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $48K to $106K.

Popular Skills for Project Architect


Survey results imply that Project Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Client Interaction, Project Management, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and Adobe Photoshop. Employees educated in Project Coordinating are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Project Architects who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $52K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $59K. For Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Project Architects who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $78K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Project Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Portland (+11 percent). Project Architects in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Denver (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Project Architect Reviews

What is it like working as a Project Architect?

Project Architect in Los Angeles:
"Working Outside Of An Architecture Office As An Architect."
Pros: Good hours (no late nights), scheduled raises, flexible schedule/casual work environment.
Cons: The breadth of my skills are under-utilized.

Project Architect in Los Angeles:
"I Am An In-House Architect For A Retail Company."
Pros: I make 150% of the salary I did working in a traditional architecture office. I get to have a life outside of work, and I can actually support myself whilst paying off my student loans. I have a job title (project architect) that would have taken me several years to acquire.
Cons: It's difficult to feel appreciated by people who don't understand the work I do. Also, I feel like some of my more traditional architecture skills are atrophying.

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Experience Affects Project Architect Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
0%

National Average
$64,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 706 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 13%
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