Senior Project Architect Salary

With nearly all of Senior Project Architects in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $63K to $121K per year and averages out to $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. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Project Architects greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Senior Project Architects is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$61,718 - $115,040
(Median)
$62K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,217
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$28.01 - $58.07
(Median)
$28
$37
$58
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$61,718 - $115,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
Profit Sharing
$999 - $10,236  
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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$63,398 - $120,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 930
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.01 - $58.07  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $62.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
   
Profit Sharing
$999 - $10,236  
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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$63,398 - $120,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, 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.


For Senior Project Architects, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $73K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $73K. Senior Project Architects with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $83K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Project Architect with more than 20 years of experience can earn $92K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Project Architects, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Seattle and Las Vegas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 5%

Technical Specification
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$86,000

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 246 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
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 11%
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