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Senior Structural Engineer Salary

With a little under three-quarters 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 $74K to $132K per year and averages out to $92K per year. In the world of Senior Structural Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $132K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$71,878 - $123,526
(Median)
$72K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,478
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50%
90%

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$36.30 - $80.31
(Median)
$36
$45
$80
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,878 - $123,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $13,087  
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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$73,792 - $131,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.30 - $80.31  
   
Overtime
$30.21 - $83.87  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $13,087  
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).
)
$73,792 - $131,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 takers who work as Senior Structural Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Finite Element Analysis, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Technical Analysis. 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.


For Senior Structural Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $88K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $79K. Senior Structural Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $97K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $117K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Structural Engineers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), San Francisco (+5 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Raleigh. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (10 percent less) and New York (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$96,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$96,000

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 1%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 12%

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
44%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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