Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K annually on average but can range from $49K to $90K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Project Architects can bottom out near $49K or peak near $90K depending on individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Architects. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,368 - $86,325
(Median)
$48K
$64K
$86K
MEDIAN: $64,370
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$20.12 - $41.18
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$20
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,368 - $86,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,716  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $8,526  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$48,792 - $89,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,866
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.12 - $41.18  
   
Overtime
$1.00 - $46.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,716  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $8,526  
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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$48,792 - $89,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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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Project Architects might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Project Architect, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $86K per year. A Project Architect often moves on to become an Architecture Project Manager or an Architect.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Project Architects flock to Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, WDG Architecture, Inc., and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Perkins and Will — the median salary there is $84K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $48K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $106K.

Popular Skills for Project Architect


Project Architects seem to wield many 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3D Rendering, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in AutoCAD, Design, and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those proficient in Project Coordinating are, more often than not, also skilled in Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Project Architects — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $61K. For Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,115

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Project Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). Project Architects in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Denver and 7 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
$66,000



Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries


Client Interaction
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Project Management
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Project Coordinating
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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National Average
$66,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD
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Design
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 614 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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