Senior Project Architect Salary

Close to 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 $65K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $84K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Project Architects varies from $65K to $121K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Most Senior Project Architects survey respondents are men (78 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$63,234 - $115,123
(Median)
$63K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,238
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$30.08 - $60.27
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$30
$39
$60
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,234 - $115,123  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,293  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,155  
Commission
$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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$64,919 - $121,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 885
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Hourly Rate
$30.08 - $60.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $63.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,293  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $10,155  
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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$64,919 - $121,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Senior Project Architect

A senior project architect is the team leader and coordinator for an architectural project. He or she is responsible for developing architectural designs, as well as approving the final draft of project plans; this involves working closely with the client to ensure that their needs are met and any concerns are addressed. They monitor project progress throughout the project to ensure that all deliverables and timelines are being met within budget; if there are issues, the senior project architect must work with their team and the client to develop and enact solutions.

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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 Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect


Gensler leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $124K.

HDR, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $104K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $75K while workers on the upper end may rake in $138K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect


Survey results imply that Senior Project Architects put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Coordinating, Technical Specification, AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those familiar with Design also tend to know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Project Architects — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $73K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $74K. Senior Project Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $87,235

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Senior Project Architects, Washington provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Columbus, 10 percent below the national average. Seattle and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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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
$87,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

Project Coordinating
up arrow 15%


AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 4%

Design
0%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
0%

National Average
$87,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 2%


up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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