Senior Project Architect Salary

Nearly 100 percent of Senior Project Architects in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $71K to $125K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Project Architects can bottom out near $71K or peak near $125K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Most Senior Project Architects survey respondents are men (74 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Project Architects. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$69,693 - $118,669
$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,604
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$31.56 - $67.54
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MEDIAN: $41.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,693 - $118,669  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,720  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,113  
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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$70,666 - $124,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$31.56 - $67.54  
   
Overtime
$46.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,720  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,113  
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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$70,666 - $124,869  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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

  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect


Gensler offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $124K.

HDR, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $104K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $75K and $138K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Coordinating, Microsoft Office, Client Interaction, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Architecture. Most people skilled in Design are similarly competent 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $73K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Project Architects make a median salary of $88K. 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 $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,997

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

For Senior Project Architects, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (16 percent less) and Las Vegas (14 percent less).

Senior Project Architect Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Senior Project Architect

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Senior Project Architect Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$92,000

▼4%

▼9%

Entry-Level
▼21%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

Project Coordinating
▲15%

Microsoft Office
▲9%

Client Interaction
▲8%


Project Management
▼0%

Design
▼0%

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
▼0%

National Average
$92,000



AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
▼2%



▼11%

Adobe Photoshop
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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