Senior Structural Engineer Salary

Senior Structural Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with between two-thirds and three-fourths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $92K annually on average but can range from $73K to $131K per year. 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. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Senior Structural Engineers is high.

$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).
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$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.

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Senior Structural Engineers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Structural Principal Engineer. Median pay for Structural Principal Engineers is $104K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Structural Engineer


Senior Structural Engineers will find the worst pay at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $70K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $104K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Senior Structural Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Finite Element Analysis, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Autodesk Revit Structure and AutoCAD as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $77K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $88K. Senior Structural Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $98K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $114K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $95,978

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

Senior Structural Engineers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. 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). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. New York and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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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