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Senior Structural Engineer Salary

A little under three-quarters of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $73K to $131K per year, and the average comes out to $91K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers ranges from $73K on the lower end to $131K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$71,223 - $124,112
(Median)
$71K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,344
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$35.19 - $75.05
(Median)
$35
$44
$75
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,223 - $124,112  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,077  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $10,137  
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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$73,191 - $130,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$35.19 - $75.05  
   
Overtime
$27.65 - $84.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $10,137  
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).
)
$73,191 - $130,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Survey takers who work as Senior Structural Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Engineering Design, Project Management, and Finite Element Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Senior Structural Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $79K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $86K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Structural Engineers make a median salary of $96K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $118K — the plum median salary in this group.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Structural Engineers, 29 percent higher than the national average. Senior Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+23 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Raleigh (9 percent lower) and New York (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
0%

National Average
$95,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%