Senior Structural Engineer Salary

Senior Structural Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $74K to $131K per year, median earnings come to $92K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Structural Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $74K to $131K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$71,882 - $123,038
(Median)
$72K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,981
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$36.70 - $80.31
(Median)
$37
$45
$80
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,882 - $123,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,332  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $13,000  
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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$73,703 - $131,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.70 - $80.31  
   
Overtime
$30.10 - $82.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,332  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $13,000  
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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$73,703 - $131,193  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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 results suggest that Senior Structural Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 Technical Analysis as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $78K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $87K. Senior Structural Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. 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 $116K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Senior Structural Engineers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). In Raleigh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in New York and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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National Average
$95,000

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 2%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 13%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 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
43%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%
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