Senior Project Architect Salary

Close to 100 percent of Senior Project Architects in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $64K to $121K per year, but median earnings come to around $83K per year. Cash earnings of Senior Project Architects can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $64K to almost $121K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Project Architects. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Project Architects greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,747 - $115,347
(Median)
$62K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,404
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$29.36 - $58.23
(Median)
$29
$37
$58
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,747 - $115,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,227  
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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$63,513 - $120,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 923
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$29.36 - $58.23  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $62.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,291  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $10,227  
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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$63,513 - $120,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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 suggest that Senior Project Architects use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite, Technical Specification, Autodesk Revit Architecture, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and AutoCAD 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.


Senior Project Architects with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $73K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $74K. For Senior Project Architects, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. Senior Project Architects who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Project Architects, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Seattle and 8 percent less in Las Vegas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$86,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Senior Project Architect Salaries

AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
up arrow 5%

Technical Specification
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$86,000

AutoCAD Architecture
up arrow 4%

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 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
43%
20 years or more
52%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 11%
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