Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about three in five of Project Architects. Salaries average out to around $63K per year and spread from $48K to $88K per year. Final cash compensation to Project Architects varies from around $48K to approximately $88K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for Project Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,792 - $85,099

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$20.12 - $40.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,792 - $85,099  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,799  
Profit Sharing
$613 - $8,000  
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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$48,009 - $88,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,698
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.12 - $40.63  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,799  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$613 - $8,000  
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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$48,009 - $88,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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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 move on to become Senior Project Architects may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Project Architects get paid an average 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


Many Project Architects can be found at Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, WDG Architecture, Inc., and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and Adobe Photoshop. Aptitude in Project Coordinating tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Project Architects with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $52K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. For Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Project Architects, 18 percent above the national average. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), Boston (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Project Architects earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (8 percent lower) and Denver (6 percent lower).

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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
0%

National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 632 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 13%
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