Senior Structural Engineer Salary

Senior Structural Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Senior Structural Engineers. Salaries average out to around $92K per year and spread from $74K to $131K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers bottoms out near $74K and approaches $131K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $13K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$71,868 - $123,476
(Median)
$72K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,228
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50%
90%

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$35.97 - $78.15
(Median)
$36
$45
$78
MEDIAN: $44.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,868 - $123,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $13,178  
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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$73,638 - $130,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$35.97 - $78.15  
   
Overtime
$30.05 - $82.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,137  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $13,178  
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).
)
$73,638 - $130,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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


Job skills reported by Senior Structural Engineers are limited. Those who have experience with Project Management, Engineering Design, and Finite Element Analysis can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent 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.


Senior Structural Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $79K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $87K. For Senior Structural Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $117K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Structural Engineers, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), San Francisco (+5 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Raleigh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and New York (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$96,000


Entry-Level
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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 2%

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
26%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%