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.

$69,426 - $117,741
$69K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,095
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$34.90 - $68.46
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MEDIAN: $43.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,426 - $117,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,381  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
Total Pay (?
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$70,939 - $123,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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Hourly Rate
$34.90 - $68.46  
   
Overtime
$48.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,381  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,365  
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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$70,939 - $123,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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


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

National Average: $92,576

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

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 50 votes.
1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
56%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Project Architect Salaries

▲7%

National Average
$93,000

▼5%

▼10%

Entry-Level
▼22%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

Project Coordinating
▲14%

Microsoft Office
▲9%



▲1%


Project Management
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$93,000


AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
▼2%

Client Interaction
▼3%


▼12%

Adobe Photoshop
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
56%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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