Senior Project Architect Salary

Senior Project Architects who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up almost all of Senior Project Architects. Pay fluctuates from $65K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $84K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Project Architects ranges from $65K on the lower end to $121K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. For the most part, Senior Project Architects enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Project Architects who answered the questionnnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$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 (?
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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


For Senior Project Architects, comfortable salaries can be found at Gensler; in fact, median earnings sit around $124K, the highest in the area.

The pay scale is far from balanced at HDR, Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $138K, the company's median pay sits at $104K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect


Survey results suggest that Senior Project Architects use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people familiar with Design also 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.


For Senior Project Architects, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $73K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $74K. Senior Project Architects claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Columbus ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers in Seattle and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
$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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