Senior Project Architect Salary (United States)

With nearly 100 percent of Senior Project Architects in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, the field is heavily weighted towards experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $61,819 to $118,839 per year and averages out to $83,914 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $60,404 to approximately $112,571; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10,441 and $10,357, respectively. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and 40 percent have vision insurance, as well. Most Senior Project Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Senior Project Architect Salary (?
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$60,404 - $112,571
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MEDIAN: $81,556
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Senior Project Architect Salary (?
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$26.16 - $57.47
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$60,404 - $112,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,441  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,357  
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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$61,819 - $118,839  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$26.16 - $57.47  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $72.43  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,441  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $10,357  
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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$61,819 - $118,839  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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

Senior Project Architects report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), and AutoCAD Architecture. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know AutoCAD and Autodesk Revit Architecture. It is often found that people who know Design are also skilled 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 in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. New Senior Project Architects earn approximately $77K, only slightly increasing to $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $82K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Senior Project Architects after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $88K. The largest number of Senior Project Architects have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$84,000
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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Senior Project Architects in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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
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Technical Specification
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Project Management
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Design
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Autodesk Revit Architecture
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National Average
$84,000
AutoCAD Architecture
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 386 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 12%
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