Senior Structural Engineer Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Structural Engineers 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 $77K to $135K per year and averages out to $94K per year. In the world of Senior Structural Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $19K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $77K and $135K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Senior Structural Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$73,784 - $123,418
$74K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,774
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$36.57 - $66.84
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,784 - $123,418  
   
Bonus
$207.29 - $14,887  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,000  
Total Pay (?
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$77,009 - $134,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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Hourly Rate
$36.57 - $66.84  
   
Overtime
$32.92 - $67.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$207.29 - $14,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,000  
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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$77,009 - $134,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Job Description for Senior Structural Engineer

Senior structural engineers use their engineering experience in the development and maintenance of architectural structures. These engineers are needed in many fields to design buildings and devices that can withstand current usage loads and future demands. Senior structural engineers work with architects through the entire course of a project. They may be employed by contractors, governments, or consultants. Leadership skills are a requirement for senior structural engineers, as they provide guidance and assistance to junior engineers.

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Senior Structural Engineer Tasks

  • Lead design process, including design reviews, submission and delivery.
  • Create budgets and scope-of-work documents.
  • Update, verify, validate, share and improve drawings and specifications.
  • Resolve, document and escalate design and construction problems.

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Senior Structural Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Structural Principal Engineer. Median pay for Structural Principal Engineers is $105K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, Technical Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ANSYS Simulation Software, Mathcad, and Microstation. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Structural Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Senior Structural Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $83K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $90K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $101K. Senior Structural Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,280

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

For Senior Structural Engineers, working in the bustling city of Philadelphia has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+13 percent), Tampa (+11 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis and San Diego (9 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Structural Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$97,000

▼7%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



Technical Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$97,000




Microsoft Excel
▼5%

▼6%

Microstation
▼9%

Mathcad
▼10%

ANSYS Simulation Software
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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