Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $69K annually, but may range from $51K to $96K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $9K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Project Architects can bottom out near $51K or peak near $96K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Project Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of Project Architects (62 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,424 - $92,386
$50K
$69K
$92K
MEDIAN: $68,811
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$20.77 - $45.95
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MEDIAN: $29.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,424 - $92,386  
   
Bonus
$514 - $9,117  
Profit Sharing
$-0.47 - $7,946  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$51,112 - $96,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.77 - $45.95  
   
Overtime
$19.93 - $48.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$514 - $9,117  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.47 - $7,946  
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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$51,112 - $96,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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

Common Career Paths for Project Architect


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Project Architects who go on to become Principal Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Principal Architects is $139K annually. With an annual salary of $87K, Senior Project Architect is the most common role for Project Architects to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Architecture Project Manager role — which usually pays $66K — is also typical for Project Architects, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., and WDG Architecture, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Project Architects. For Project Architects, comfortable salaries can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $87K, the highest in the area. Other big spenders include Perkins and Will, Hks, Inc., and Gensler, top-paying firms where Project Architects see paychecks nearing $84K, $84K, or $79K.

Workers at DLR Group, Inc., RSP Architects Ltd, and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $70K, $75K, and $76K respectively.

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, Project Management, Client Interaction, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD Architecture, 3D Rendering, and Adobe InDesign. Most people familiar with Autodesk Revit Architecture also know Project Coordinating and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

Pay by Experience for a Project Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 726 salaries. An experienced Project Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 867 salaries. A Project Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 347 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,872

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Project Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+13 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Philadelphia (4 percent lower).

Project Architect Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Project Architect

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Project Architect Salaries

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$71,000

▼6%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries




Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Project Coordinating
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$71,000


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▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 280 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 12%
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