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.
|Salary||$70,153 - $120,865|
|Bonus||$512 - $12,326|
|Profit Sharing||$400 - $10,256|
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|$71,626 - $128,854|
|Hourly Rate||$31.22 - $74.83|
|Overtime||$0.00 - $69.24|
|Bonus||$512 - $12,326|
|Profit Sharing||$400 - $10,256|
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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.Read More...
To coordinate projects, the senior project architect must assess available resources, develop and follow a schedule and budget, and stay in close contact with all members of the project team. They may take on a project manager role, or they may work closely with a project manager. Senior project architects must be able to effectively delegate tasks and oversee the work of team members, providing support and guidance as needed. Additionally, these architects sometimes works with other consultants such as designers and technical engineers on projects.
A bachelor's degree in architecture is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position, although a master's degree may be preferred or required. State licensing may be required as well. Generally, extensive architectural experience is needed for these positions as well. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)
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.
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.
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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
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).
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