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Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $62K per year on average but can range from $47K to $87K per year. Total cash compensation to Project Architects approaches anywhere from $47K on the lower end to $87K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Most Project Architects report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$46,865 - $83,874
(Median)
47K
62K
72K
84K
MEDIAN: $61,790
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$19.52 - $40.09
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,865 - $83,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,076  
Profit Sharing
$912 - $7,938  
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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$46,844 - $86,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.52 - $40.09  
   
Overtime
$1.09 - $45.68  
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 - $6,076  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$912 - $7,938  
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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$46,844 - $86,652  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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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As Project Architects transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Associate Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Associate Architects on average earn $85K per year. The most common career progression for Project Architects leads to becoming a Senior Project Architect, where average pay is $85K annually. However, many Project Architects also opt to become Architects. Typically, an Architect brings home $57K.

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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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Computer Aided Design, Client Interaction, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and Adobe Photoshop. It is not unusual for someone who knows Project Coordinating to be familiar with Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Project Architects. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. For Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. 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 $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Project Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Project Architects in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 20 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Denver (8 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
$63,000



Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries





Project Coordinating
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoCAD
0%

Design
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$63,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 825 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 14%