Senior Project Architect Salary

With close to 100 percent 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 $73K to $125K per year and averages out to $91K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Project Architects approaches anywhere from $73K on the lower end to $125K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $12K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Project Architects. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Project Architects greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,702 - $119,650
$71K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,399
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$34.14 - $67.54
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$0$124K
Salary $70,702 - $119,650
Bonus $118.36 - $11,720
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,271
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$72,769 - $124,770
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 352
Hourly Data $0$67
Hourly Rate $34.14 - $67.54
Overtime $0.00 - $67.05
Annual Data $0$124K
Bonus $118.36 - $11,720
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,271
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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$72,769 - $124,770
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 20

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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.

Senior Project Architect Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect


Senior Project Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Gensler, where the average salary comes to $124K.

Employees of HDR, Inc. can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $104K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $75K to $138K.

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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Architecture. The majority of those who know Design also know Autodesk Revit Architecture and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Architect

Pay by Experience for a Senior Project Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Project Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 17 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Project Architect with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 44 salaries. An experienced Senior Project Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 189 salaries. A Senior Project Architect with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 211 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,780

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Project Architects, 17 percent higher than the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent) and Washington (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Project Architects in Austin earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Indianapolis and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Project Architect Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Project Architect?

Senior Project Architect in San Luis Obispo:
"Listen and learn."
Utilize your team members individual strengths.

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
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
55%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Project Architect Salaries

▲4%

National Average
$95,000

▼7%

▼12%

Entry-Level
▼23%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

Project Coordinating
▲12%

Microsoft Office
▲6%


National Average
$95,000


Project Management
▼2%

▼2%

autodesk autocad
▼2%


AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
▼4%


Client Interaction
▼5%


▼14%

Adobe Photoshop
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 11%
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