Senior Project Architect Salary (United States)

Senior Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with almost all bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $83,914 annually on average but can range from $61,819 to $118,839 per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Project Architects is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Project Architect Salary (?
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$60,404 - $112,571
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MEDIAN: $81,556
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Senior Project Architect Salary (?
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$26.16 - $57.47
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$60,404 - $112,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,441  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,357  
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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$61,819 - $118,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
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$26.16 - $57.47  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $72.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,441  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,357  
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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$61,819 - $118,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Senior Project Architect

Senior project architects are responsible for overseeing design development, production of working drawings and construction documents on assigned architecture projects. They coordinate and lead teams through the design, development and contract phases of construction projects and monitor the progress of the project in accordance with contract scope and deliverables. Senior project architects manage the delivery of the project and work closely with clients. They also establish and maintain project budgets and schedules, and they monitor adherence to the terms of expectations per the client contract.
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Senior Project Architect Tasks
  • Monitor project progress according to contract scope and deliverables.
  • Coordinate and lead teams through design, development and contract phases of construction projects.
  • Manage the project delivery process and work closely with clients.
  • Oversee design development, production of working drawings, and construction documents on given projects.
  • Establish and maintain budgets, schedules, and monitor adherence of terms of contract expectations.

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Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Those who have experience with AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 6 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), and AutoCAD Architecture. Most people who know Design also know Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD. The majority of those who know Project Management also know AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Architect

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Senior Project Architects, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Pay increases slowly at first for Senior Project Architects, with starting salaries of $77K reaching $77K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $82K. Though minimal, Senior Project Architects continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $88K. Senior Project Architects with more than 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$84,000
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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Senior Project Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average.

Senior Project Architect Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Project Architect?
Senior Project Architect in Kalamazoo:
"Poor Corporate Communication."
Pros: Design project opportunities to help clients achieve their goals.
Cons: Poor communication from corporate leadership and lack of effort to use employees' skills and abilities to the company's benefit.

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Experience Affects Senior Project Architect Salaries

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$84,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
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Technical Specification
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Project Management
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Design
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National Average
$84,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 12%