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Senior Project Architect Salary

Nearly 100 percent of Senior Project Architects in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $63K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $83K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $63K and hits $121K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Senior Project Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$61,862 - $115,285
(Median)
$62K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,036
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$28.12 - $57.91
(Median)
$28
$37
$58
MEDIAN: $36.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,862 - $115,285  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,366  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,310  
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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$63,481 - $120,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 956
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.12 - $57.91  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $63.13  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,366  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $10,310  
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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$63,481 - $120,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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


Senior Project Architects report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and AutoCAD Architecture. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled in Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Architect

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


Senior Project Architects do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. During the first five years of their careers, Senior Project Architects see a median income of $73K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $73K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $83K in this role. Senior Project Architects who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Project Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Las Vegas (8 percent lower).

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


National Average
$86,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 5%

Technical Specification
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$86,000

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 11%
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