Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately three in five have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $88K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Total cash compensation for Project Architects runs from $48K to $88K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to two-fifths. Work is enjoyable for Project Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,673 - $85,247
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,307
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$20.14 - $40.53
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$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,673 - $85,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,481  
Profit Sharing
$780 - $7,946  
Commission
$0.00 - $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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$47,885 - $88,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.14 - $40.53  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.82  
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 - $6,481  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$780 - $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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$47,885 - $88,270  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Senior Project Architect, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $85K per year. A Design Architect or an Architecture Project Manager is a typical transition from a Project Architect role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Perkins and Will pays the most with a median salary of $84K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $48K to a high of $106K.

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, Client Interaction, Project Management, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and Adobe Photoshop. Many workers who know Project Coordinating also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Project Architects generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $52K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $60K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Project Architects make a median salary of $69K. 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 $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Project Architects, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Project Architects in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Atlanta and 6 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
$65,000



Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries



Project Management
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Project Coordinating
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
0%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 648 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 13%
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