Senior Project Architect Salary

Senior Project Architects who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly 100 percent of Senior Project Architects. Pay fluctuates from $63K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $83K per year. Incomes of Senior Project Architects vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $10K cause paychecks to spread between $63K on the low end and $121K on the high end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Project Architects, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$61,776 - $115,189
(Median)
$62K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,651
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$28.37 - $57.59
(Median)
$28
$36
$58
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,776 - $115,189  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,417  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,302  
Total Pay (?
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$63,395 - $120,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 986
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.37 - $57.59  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $61.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,417  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,302  
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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$63,395 - $120,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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


Survey results suggest that Senior Project Architects use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and AutoCAD Architecture. Those proficient in Design are, more often than not, 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $73K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $73K. For Senior Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Project Architects that is 19 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Seattle and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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
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Technical Specification
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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Project Management
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Design
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National Average
$86,000

AutoCAD Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 293 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%