Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Project Architects. Salaries average out to around $68K annually and spread from $51K to $95K per year. Total incomes of Project Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $95K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. The majority of Project Architects (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Architects. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,384 - $91,410
$50K
$68K
$91K
MEDIAN: $68,390
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$21.22 - $44.89
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MEDIAN: $29.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,384 - $91,410  
   
Bonus
$511 - $9,679  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $8,018  
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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$51,113 - $95,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.22 - $44.89  
   
Overtime
$19.38 - $48.76  
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
$511 - $9,679  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $8,018  
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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$51,113 - $95,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 170

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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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Many Project Architects move into a Senior Project Architect role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $87K per year. Project Architects most frequently become Architecture Project Managers and Architects even though median compensation is $5K lower and $13K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Known for taking on a considerable number of Project Architects, Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., and WDG Architecture, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc — the median salary there is $87K. Also paying near the top of the field are Perkins and Will at $84K, Hks, Inc. at $82K, and Gensler, where Project Architects annually earn $82K.

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 takers working as Project Architects report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Project Management, Client Interaction, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include 3D Rendering, AutoCAD Architecture, and AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite. It is often found that people who know Autodesk Revit Architecture are also skilled in Project Coordinating and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Project Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. Project Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $82K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,664

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

Surpassing the national average by 30 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 Atlanta (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and New York (+4 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Chicago and Philadelphia (4 percent lower).

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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
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 286 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
42%
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

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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