More than two-thirds of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $77K to $134K per year, but median earnings come to around $94K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers varies from around $77K to approximately $134K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $20K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Senior Structural Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey are men.

$74,029 - $122,540
$74K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,976
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50%
90%

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$37.64 - $77.57
$38
$47
$78
MEDIAN: $47.06
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$74,029 - $122,540  
   
Bonus
$491.32 - $14,771  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,633  
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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$77,171 - $134,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$37.64 - $77.57  
   
Overtime
$33.26 - $65.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$491.32 - $14,771  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,633  
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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$77,171 - $134,208  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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 who transition into an upper level Structural Principal Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Structural Principal Engineer makes $105K a year.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ANSYS Simulation Software, Mathcad, and Microstation. Most people who know Engineering Design also know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Structural Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $83K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $110K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,628

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

Tampa offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Structural Engineers, 12 percent above the national average. Senior Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+11 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+4 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in St. Louis and 9 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Structural Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
045
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$98,000




Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microstation
up arrow 10%

Mathcad
up arrow 11%

ANSYS Simulation Software
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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