Senior Structural Engineer Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Structural Engineers is $92K per year and can range from $72K on the lower end to $132K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers varies from around $72K to approximately $132K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $13K, respectively. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Structural Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$70,659 - $123,233

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$36.82 - $79.13

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,659 - $123,233  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,402  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $12,822  
Total Pay (?
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$72,323 - $131,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 568
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$36.82 - $79.13  
   
Overtime
$30.38 - $81.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $12,822  
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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$72,323 - $131,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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 Employer Salaries for Senior Structural Engineer


Pay for Senior Structural Engineers is the lowest at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc, which has a median salary of $70K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $104K.

Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Senior Structural Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Finite Element Analysis, and Autodesk Revit Structure are correlated to pay that is above average. Technical Analysis and Autodesk Revit Structure as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $87K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $97K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $116K.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Structural Engineers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+23 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. San Diego 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
$95,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$95,000

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 23%

Technical Analysis
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 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
43%
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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