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.

$69,527 - $121,810
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$70K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,045
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$31.79 - $74.50
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$74
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,527 - $121,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,032  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$70,384 - $128,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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Hourly Rate
$31.79 - $74.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.21 - $58.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$70,384 - $128,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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

  • 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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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

National Average: $92,860

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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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
$93,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

Client Interaction
up arrow 17%

Project Coordinating
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%


Project Management
0%

National Average
$93,000

Design
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 2%

Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 2%

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


up arrow 12%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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