Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $77K to $131K per year, but median earnings come to around $94K per year. Total incomes of Senior Structural Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $77K and $131K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Male Senior Structural Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of Senior Structural Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,975 - $121,375
(Median)
$74K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,962
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$38.51 - $80.64
(Median)
$39
$47
$81
MEDIAN: $47.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$73,975 - $121,375  
   
Bonus
$498.89 - $14,816  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,574  
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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$76,990 - $131,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 458
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$38.51 - $80.64  
   
Overtime
$34.29 - $66.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$498.89 - $14,816  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $19,574  
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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$76,990 - $131,174  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Many Senior Structural Engineers move into a Structural Principal Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Structural Principal Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Structural Engineers.

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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, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design, and Technical Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microstation, Mathcad, and AutoCAD. 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.


For Senior Structural Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $81K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $100K. Senior Structural Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,268

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

Tampa offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Structural Engineers, 13 percent above the national average. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (9 percent lower) and Raleigh (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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National Average
$97,000

Technical Analysis
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autodesk autocad
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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