Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — close to three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $88K per year, median earnings come to $63K annually. Total incomes of Project Architects incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $88K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. 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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$47,701 - $85,275
(Median)
$48K
$63K
$85K
MEDIAN: $63,338
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$20.20 - $40.52
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$20
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$47,701 - $85,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,556  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $7,930  
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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$47,938 - $88,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,693
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $40.52  
   
Overtime
$1.01 - $46.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,556  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $7,930  
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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$47,938 - $88,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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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. Becoming a Design Architect or an Architecture Project Manager is often the next step for a Project Architect.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Project Architects fill the offices of leading firms Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, WDG Architecture, Inc., and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. 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


Project Architects seem to exploit 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 pay less than market rate 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.


Project Architects with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $52K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $60K. Project Architects see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Project Architects who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Project Architects is geography, with workers in Miami earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 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
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AutoCAD Architecture
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AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
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Design
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Adobe InDesign
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 641 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
14%

Common Health Benefits

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