Project Architect Salary

With close to three-fifths of Project Architects in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Project Architects is $69K per year and can range from $51K on the lower end to $97K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Project Architects varies from around $51K to approximately $97K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $8K, respectively. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Project Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Project Architects (62 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,566 - $92,595
$51K
$69K
$93K
MEDIAN: $68,979
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$20.66 - $48.21
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MEDIAN: $29.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,566 - $92,595  
   
Bonus
$520 - $9,561  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$51,284 - $97,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,759
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.66 - $48.21  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $48.72  
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
$520 - $9,561  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,243  
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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$51,284 - $97,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 173

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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 who transition into a Principal Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $139K per year. More often than not, a Senior Project Architect role is the next step for Project Architects moving up in the field. Senior Project Architects usually make $87K per year. Many other Project Architects choose to take on an Architecture Project Manager role, where salaries are typically $66K.

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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. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $87K. Also paying near the top of the field are Perkins and Will at $84K, Hks, Inc. at $84K, and Gensler, where Project Architects annually earn $79K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at DLR Group, Inc. ($70K), RSP Architects Ltd ($75K), and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. ($76K).

Popular Skills for Project Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Project Management, Client Interaction, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD Architecture, 3D Rendering, and Adobe InDesign. Those educated in Autodesk Revit Architecture tend to be well versed in 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: $71,134

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

For Project Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Workers in Chicago and Philadelphia earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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 322 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Project Architect Salaries

▲16%

▲6%

National Average
$71,000

▼6%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries



Project Coordinating
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$71,000

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▼1%




▼3%



▼7%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 322 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

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