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Project Architect Salary

The majority of Project Architects in the United States — three in five — 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. Cash earnings for Project Architects — including $7K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $48K to $88K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,491 - $84,809
(Median)
$47K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $62,676
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$19.81 - $39.98
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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 - $84,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,707  
Profit Sharing
$873 - $8,030  
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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$47,555 - $87,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,687
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.81 - $39.98  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.66  
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 - $6,707  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $993  
Profit Sharing
$873 - $8,030  
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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$47,555 - $87,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301

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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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Advancing into a Senior Project Architect role seems to be a popular career move for Project Architects, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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


Project Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Perkins and Will, where the median salary comes to $84K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($48K) and those starting out ($106K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Project Architect


Project Architects report using a large range of skills 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. Those with knowledge of Project Coordinating tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Project Architects. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $59K. On average, Project Architects make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Project Architects, 16 percent higher than the national average. Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Project Architects in Miami earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. 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%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
0%

National Average
$64,000

Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 4%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 730 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 13%