Senior Structural Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States — a little under three-quarters — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $73K to $131K per year, and the median is $92K annually. Total incomes of Senior Structural Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $73K and $131K. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most Senior Structural Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$71,205 - $122,422
(Median)
$71K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,401
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50%
90%

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$37.34 - $78.19
(Median)
$37
$46
$78
MEDIAN: $45.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,205 - $122,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,698  
Profit Sharing
$518 - $14,544  
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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$73,169 - $131,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 670
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$37.34 - $78.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$11.04  
Overtime
$31.54 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,698  
   
Profit Sharing
$518 - $14,544  
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).
)
$73,169 - $131,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Structural Engineer


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Senior Structural Engineers who go on to become Structural Principal Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Structural Principal Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $104K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Structural Engineer


Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $70K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $104K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Structural Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Finite Element Analysis, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Autodesk Revit Structure and AutoCAD, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those 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.


Senior Structural Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $88K on average. For Senior Structural Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $98K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Senior Structural Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $114K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,978

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

For Senior Structural Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+24 percent), Washington (+9 percent), San Francisco (+5 percent), and Raleigh (+5 percent). In San Diego, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in New York and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$96,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
0%

National Average
$96,000

Technical Analysis
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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