Senior Structural Engineer Salary

Senior Structural Engineers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Structural Engineers. Pay fluctuates from $74K to $131K per year, but expected earnings average $92K per year. Final cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers varies from around $74K to approximately $131K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $13K, respectively. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Senior Structural Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$71,831 - $122,886
(Median)
$72K
$92K
$120K
MEDIAN: $92,157
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90%

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$36.76 - $79.74
(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
$71,831 - $122,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $12,913  
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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$73,678 - $130,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 546
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.76 - $79.74  
   
Overtime
$30.21 - $82.50  
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 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $12,913  
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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$73,678 - $130,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 show that Senior Structural Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. 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 Technical Analysis as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $88K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $116K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Structural Engineers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). New York ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. San Diego and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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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
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National Average
$96,000

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 2%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 13%

Autodesk Revit Structure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
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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