What does a Senior Architect do?

Architects plan, develop, and implement designs for buildings or structures. They compile feasibility reports, determine environmental impact, and create project proposals that include timelines and an estimated cost for projects. Architects meet with clients to assess their needs and requirements and present design projects from concept to development to completion. They develop and pitch project proposals and adjust designs and plans according to client needs and requests. They prepare drawings, blueprints, specifications, and construction documents, and conduct research, compiling reports on feasibility studies and environmental impacts.

Architects comply with safety standards and local planning regulations and determine and adhere to budget timelines. Architects manage project teams and collaborate with other construction professionals. Architects are also responsible for public safety while they oversee the project when a building is completed, architects remain involved as they evolve to help incorporate new surroundings and ideas. Architects need a degree in architecture or related fields, and previous experience as an architect is often preferred.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Architect Salaries

Average Base Pay

$97,677 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$64K
Median: $98K
$148K
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Senior Architect Career Path

Learn how to become a Senior Architect, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L3
Senior Architect
$97,677/yr
L4
Lead Architect
$110,054/yr
L5
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Senior Architect Insights

Read what Senior Architect professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior DesignPoss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design
Architectural Job Captain
Jun. 18, 2020

“Bill Poss and the partners are the best and most kind people to work for.”

GenslerGensler
Job Captain
Jul. 20, 2019

“i worked there more than 15month and left after bonus day but they did not give me bonus.”

bogevischs buero
Architect
Jun. 8, 2020

“Management really cares about achieving the best possible architecture and spatial quality for each project.”

Residential Design Solutions
Architect
Oct. 10, 2019

“If ours coffee is not the best...we have a really nice Bakery round the corner!”

NBL Architects
Senior Architect
Oct. 29, 2021

“Good for building experience working with government projects with a good balance of private projects.”

SingleStoreSingleStore
Senior Architect
Aug. 10, 2020

“Amazingly brilliant people and at the same time extremely helpful..I never felt that I was let down at any stage.”

SmithGroupSmithGroup
Architect
Nov. 7, 2019

“Working here will dramatically benefit your portfolio because they get good quality projects with sophisticated clients in both public and private sector.”

MicrosoftMicrosoft
Architect
Jul. 5, 2020

“Stressful and overtime jobs and projects coming your way”

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