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Senior Project Architect Salary

Senior Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with almost all bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $82K per year on average but can range from $62K to $119K 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 $62K on the low end and $119K on the high end. Location and career duration 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. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Project Architects who answered the questionnnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$60,676 - $113,272
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MEDIAN: $81,839
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$27.52 - $57.04
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,676 - $113,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,349  
Profit Sharing
$1,009 - $10,403  
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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$62,269 - $119,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,032
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.52 - $57.04  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $72.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,349  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,009 - $10,403  
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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$62,269 - $119,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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 imply that Senior Project Architects put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people who know Project Management also know AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture. Those educated in Design tend to be well versed 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $73K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Project Architects make a median salary of $82K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $89K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Project Architects, 20 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Seattle is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (5 percent lower) and Denver (1 percent lower).

Senior Project Architect Reviews

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
$84,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 6%

Technical Specification
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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Design
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
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National Average
$84,000

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 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
42%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 12%