Project Architect Salary

Project Architects in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $70K annually on average but can range from $51K to $97K per year. Total cash earnings of Project Architects range from $51K on the low end to $97K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Men make up the majority of Project Architects (62 percent) survey respondents. Most Project Architects like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most 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.
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$50,738 - $94,138
$51K
$70K
$94K
MEDIAN: $69,759
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$20.37 - $44.01
$20
$30
$44
MEDIAN: $30.37
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$0$97K
Salary $50,738 - $94,138
Bonus $508 - $9,887
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
Commission $10,500
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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$51,249 - $97,989
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,819
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $20.37 - $44.01
Overtime $23.79 - $49.77
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $508 - $9,887
Commission $10,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,863
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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$51,249 - $97,989
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 193

Job Description for Project Architect

A project architect coordinates the many parts of a project; they are in charge of product design, development of plans, construction documents, and consultation with other experts about the job being completed. The duties of a project architect depend greatly on the size of the project assigned to them. They oversee the workers involved in the design of the project, and they also are in charge of coordinating different pieces of the project with staff and clients. In some cases, the project architect also is responsible for communicating with the engineers and city officials that may be involved with the design phase of each project. They also determine the construction materials and the best methods for the project. They make sure that each project meets local zoning and building codes.

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Project Architect Tasks

  • Assess project needs and set objectives, budget, and schedule.
  • Work with vendors to ensure on-time delivery and on-budget production.
  • Assess sites, relevant city codes, and other research.
  • Develop construction documents through consultation with clients.

Common Career Paths for Project Architect


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Project Architects may progress into high-paying roles like Principal Architect, where median compensation is $139K annually. More often than not, a Senior Project Architect role is the next step for Project Architects moving up in the field. Senior Project Architects usually make $87K per year. Many other Project Architects choose to take on an Architecture Project Manager role, where salaries are typically $66K.

Project Architect Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Project Architect


Gensler, Hks, Inc., Perkins and Will, Perkins Eastman Architects P.C., and WDG Architecture, Inc. are top-notch employers for Project Architects in this area. Project Architects seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, where the average salary comes to $87K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Perkins and Will, Hks, Inc., and Gensler, where earnings of $84K, $84K, or $79K are standard for Project Architects.

DLR Group, Inc., RSP Architects Ltd, and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($70K, $75K, and $76K respectively).

Popular Skills for Project Architect


Project Architects seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Specification, Project Management, Client Interaction, and Project Coordinating are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD Architecture, 3D Rendering, and Adobe InDesign. For most people, competency in Autodesk Revit Architecture indicates knowledge of Project Coordinating and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Architect

Pay by Experience for a Project Architect has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Architect with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $67,000 based on 726 salaries. An experienced Project Architect which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 867 salaries. A 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 $83,000 based on 347 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,692

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

For Project Architects, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Project Architects can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago and Philadelphia (5 percent lower).

Project Architect Reviews

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

Project Architect in Fort Lauderdale:
Pros: Lots of experience in a variety of projects.
Cons: Project focus too much on medical projects.

Project Architect in Los Angeles:
"Working Outside Of An Architecture Office As An Architect."
Pros: Good hours (no late nights), scheduled raises, flexible schedule/casual work environment.
Cons: The breadth of my skills are under-utilized.

Project Architect in Los Angeles:
"I Am An In-House Architect For A Retail Company."
Pros: I make 150% of the salary I did working in a traditional architecture office. I get to have a life outside of work, and I can actually support myself whilst paying off my student loans. I have a job title (project architect) that would have taken me several years to acquire.
Cons: It's difficult to feel appreciated by people who don't understand the work I do. Also, I feel like some of my more traditional architecture skills are atrophying.

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Key Stats for Project Architect

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 377 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects Project Architect Salaries

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$72,000

▼7%

▼23%

Skills That Affect Project Architect Salaries



National Average
$72,000

Project Coordinating
▼1%


Microsoft Word
▼1%

Autodesk Revit Architecture
▼2%


▼3%







▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 377 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 14%