Senior Project Architect Salary
Close to 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 $70K to $129K per year, and the average comes out to $90K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Project Architects — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $70K to approximately $129K. While tenure and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. 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. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect
Gensler offers the largest salaries in town — $124K on average.
Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — HDR, Inc. offers the lowest median salary at $104K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $75K and $138K.
Popular Skills for Senior Project Architect
Survey results imply that Senior Project Architects deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Client Interaction, Microsoft Office, Project Coordinating, and Technical Specification are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Architecture. Most people who know Design also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $73K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $82K. Senior Project Architects see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Senior Project Architects reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $98K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Senior Project Architects that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+16 percent), Dallas (+2 percent), and San Francisco (+1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers in Indianapolis and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent less).
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