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Project Architect Salary

The majority of Project Architects in the United States — close to three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $88K per year, and the median is $63K per year. In the world of Project Architects, overall income ranges from $48K near the bottom to $88K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,491 - $85,223
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $62,936
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$20.13 - $40.11
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$20
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,491 - $85,223  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,681  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $7,759  
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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$47,645 - $88,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,709
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.13 - $40.11  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.70  
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 - $6,681  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $7,759  
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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$47,645 - $88,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298

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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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Many Project Architects move into a Senior Project Architect role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $85K per year. A Project Architect may also move into a role as a Design Architect or an Architecture Project Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Project Architects flock to Perkins and Will for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $84K lead the pack in compensation; however, Perkins and Will also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $48K at one end to $106K at the other end.

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 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Illustrator, 3D Rendering, and Adobe Photoshop. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Project Coordinating.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Project Architects. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $52K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Project Architects make a median salary of $69K. Project Architects with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Project Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Portland (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Project Architects in Miami earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
$64,000



Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries



Project Management
up arrow 4%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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National Average
$64,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 691 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
45%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 13%
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