Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $64K per year, but may range from $49K to $90K per year. Total incomes of Project Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $49K and $90K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,368 - $86,325
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$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 often transition into Senior Project Architect positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Project Architects earn $86K per year. A Project Architect may also move into a role as an Architecture Project Manager or an Architect.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Project Architects fill the offices of leading firms Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, WDG Architecture, Inc., and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. 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 exploit a large range 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 3D Rendering, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Those familiar with Project Coordinating also tend to know Autodesk Revit Architecture. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include AutoCAD, Design, and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


For Project Architects, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $53K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $61K. On average, Project Architects make $70K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,115

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

For those looking to make money, Project Architects in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Portland (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Project Architects earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (8 percent less) and Atlanta (7 percent less).

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
$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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