Senior Project Architect Salary
Senior Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly 100 percent bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $90K per year on average but can range from $71K to $123K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Project Architects generally bottom out at around $71K and peak near $123K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Male Senior Project Architects are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$69,426 - $117,741|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,381|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,365|
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|$70,939 - $123,403|
|Hourly Rate||$34.90 - $68.46|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,381|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,365|
|Total Pay (||$70,939 - $123,403|
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.Read More...
To coordinate projects, the senior project architect must assess available resources, develop and follow a schedule and budget, and stay in close contact with all members of the project team. They may take on a project manager role, or they may work closely with a project manager. Senior project architects must be able to effectively delegate tasks and oversee the work of team members, providing support and guidance as needed. Additionally, these architects sometimes works with other consultants such as designers and technical engineers on projects.
A bachelor's degree in architecture is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position, although a master's degree may be preferred or required. State licensing may be required as well. Generally, extensive architectural experience is needed for these positions as well.
Senior Project Architect Tasks
- 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.
- Manage the project delivery process and work closely with clients.
- Monitor project progress according to contract scope and deliverables.
- Coordinate and lead teams through design, development and contract phases of construction projects.
Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect
The biggest paychecks can be found at Gensler — the median salary there is $124K.
While select HDR, Inc. employees may bring in up to $138K, a median salary of only $104K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.
Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect
Senior Project Architects seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Coordinating, Microsoft Office, Technical Specification, and Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Architecture. For most people, competency in Design indicates knowledge of 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $83K. Senior Project Architects see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $99K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Senior Project Architects, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Washington (+10 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Dallas (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 19 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Portland (17 percent less).
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