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Position/Salary Grade
Architect – Level 1 Under close supervision, does routine architecture requiring knowledge and application of basic architectural principles and concepts. Using prescribed methods and standards, does specific and limited architecture involving interior space layouts and exterior appearance. Education/Experience: Entry level with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Architectural Coordinator 2, Architect 1, Architectural Designer, Architect 2, Architectural Designer/Drafter, Architect 1 and Architect Professional 1.
Architect – Level 2 Under general supervision, evaluates, selects, and applies standard architectural techniques, procedures and standards. Analyzes proposals and vendor submittals. Assignments are generally well defined. With additional specialized experience, may do parts of larger and more complex architecture. Education/Experience: Minimum of 2 years of experience with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Architect 2, Architectural Coordinator 2, Architect 3, Senior Architectural Designer, Project Architect, Architect Professional 2 and Architectural Coordinator.
Architect – Level 3 These are journey-level architects. Under general supervision, performs all conventional architectural design and development. Plans and conducts architecture requiring more advanced techniques. May technically guide and supervise designers/drafters and less-experienced architects. Education/Experience: Minimum of 4 years of experience with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Architect 3, Project Architect, Architect Professional 3, Architectural Coordinator 3, Associate Architectural Specialist, Architect 4 and Senior Architect 1.
Architect – Level 4 With minimal supervision independently applies advanced architectural concepts and designs for interior layout and design and exterior appearance. May technically guide and supervise designers/drafters and less-experienced architects. Education/Experience: Minimum of 7 years of experience with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Architect 4, Senior Project Architect, Architect Professional 4, Senior Architect, Lead Architect, Senior Professional, Senior Architect 2 and Architectural Specialist.
Architect – Level 5 With very limited supervision is an architectural project manager on small to medium projects, a supervisory architect for a small group of architects and designers/drafters or a senior architect responsible for a specific architectural area. Reviews and approves conceptual designs. Directs development of new methods or techniques. Education/Experience: Minimum of 10 years of experience with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Architect 5, Architect Professional 5, Architect Supervisor, Senior Architect 3, Principal Architect, Architect 6 and Principal Professional.
Architect – Level 6 With supervision through general directives is an architectural project manager on medium to large projects, a supervisory architect for a major group of architects and designers/drafters or a senior architect responsible for architecture by a firm. Reviews and approves conceptual designs. Directs development of new methods or techniques. Education/Experience: Minimum of 15 years of experience with BS/BA or MS/MA in architecture. Typical Titles: Senior Project Architect, Architecture Manager, Senior Design Project Architect, Architect 6, Architect Professional 6, Architectural Manager 3, Architect 7, Principal Architect Manager, Senior Architect 6 and Chief Architectural Technical Advisor.

Architect Salary Grades
Other Architect Job Titles

Position/Salary Grade Title
Architect – Level 1 Architectural Coordinator 2, Architect 1, Architectural Designer, Architect 2, Architectural Designer/Drafter, Architect 1, Architect Professional 1, Professional Landscape, Product Design, Construction, Interior Design
Architect – Level 2 Architect 2, Architectural Coordinator 2, Architect 3, Senior Architectural Designer, Project Architect, Architect Professional 2, Staff Professional 1, Staff Professional 2, Architectural Coordinator
Architect – Level 3 Architect 3, Project Architect, Architect Professional 3, Architect, Senior Architect, Architectural Coordinator 3, Associate Architectural Specialist, Project Professional, Architect 4, Senior Architect 1
Architect – Level 4 Architect 4, Senior Project Architect, Architect Professional 4, Senior Architect, Lead Architect, Assistant Project Architect Manager, Senior Professional, Senior Architect 2, Architectural Specialist, Architect
Architect – Level 5 Architect 5, Architect Professional 5, Architect Supervisor, Senior Project Architect, Architectural Manager 1, Senior Architect 3, Principal Architect, Architect 6, Project Architect, Project Manager 2, Senior Project Design Architect, Senior Architectural Specialist, Principal Professional, Senior Architect, Senior Architectural Technical Adviser
Architect – Level 6 Senior Project Architect, Architecture Manager, Senior Design Project Architect, Architect 6, Senior Project Manager, Architect Professional 6, Architectural Manager 3, Senior Laboratory Planner, Senior Supervising Architect, Architect 7, Director, Construction Project Architect, Principal Architect Manager, Senior Architect 6, Chief Architectural Technical Adviser