Principal Architect Salary in the United States

How much does a Principal Architect make in the United States? The average Principal Architect salary in the United States is $132,385 as of April 27, 2019, but the range typically falls between $119,291 and $150,823. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target.  View the Cost of Living in Major Cities

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Principal Architect manages and supervises all related activities of a staff of architects and technicians. Directly manages the development of architectural designs and preliminary construction details. Being a Principal Architect ensures architectural design work is completed on time and adheres to the established specifications and standards. Directs development of new methods or techniques. Additionally, Principal Architect may prepare project schedules, bids, or proposals. Requires a bachelors degree. Requires an state architect's license. Typically reports to a head of a unit/department. The Principal Architect manages a departmental sub-function within a broader departmental function. Creates functional strategies and specific objectives for the sub-function and develops budgets/policies/procedures to support the functional infrastructure. To be a Principal Architect typically requires 5+ years of managerial experience. Deep knowledge of the managed sub-function and solid knowledge of the overall departmental function. (Copyright 2019 Salary.com)

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