Senior Project Architect Salary

Senior Project Architects in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly all have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $91K annually, but may range from $72K to $124K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Project Architects range from $72K on the low end to $124K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Senior Project Architects is high. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$70,349 - $118,654
$70K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,252
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$34.02 - $68.00
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MEDIAN: $44.18
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$70,349 - $118,654  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,857  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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$72,209 - $123,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Hourly Rate
$34.02 - $68.00  
   
Overtime
$44.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,857  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$72,209 - $123,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Architect


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Gensler offers the most; Senior Project Architects earn $124K on average there.

HDR, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $104K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $75K and $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, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and AutoCAD 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

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: $94,546

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

For Senior Project Architects, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Senior Project Architects will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent) and Washington (+8 percent). Senior Project Architects in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Indianapolis and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Project Architect Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Senior Project Architect

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
5%
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

▲5%

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

▼1%


Project Management
▼2%

autodesk autocad
▼2%



AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite
▼4%

Client Interaction
▼5%


▼13%

Adobe Photoshop
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
0%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
55%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 9%
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