Stress Engineer Salary

Stress Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73K annually. Cash earnings for Stress Engineers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing — stretch from around $58K to approximately $127K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Stress Engineers are male. Most Stress Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$56,780 - $107,038
(Median)
$57K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,486
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$28.39 - $73.80
(Median)
$28
$52
$74
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,780 - $107,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $18,247  
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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$57,825 - $127,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$28.39 - $73.80  
   
Overtime
$26.53 - $93.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $18,247  
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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$57,825 - $127,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Stress Engineer

A stress engineer specializes in analyzing the effects of stress or strain on a structure, which may be caused by gravity, air pressure, or another physical force. Stress engineers are most commonly hired in such fields as aerodynamics, flight, and space travel; in these fields, they typically assess which designs and materials are best suited to minimize the negative effects of stress on a craft as it performs its intended purpose.

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Stress Engineer Tasks

  • Develop, create, and implement test procedures.
  • Create stress analysis packages including stress notes, formal certification reports, and design changes.
  • Perform structural analysis and analyze structural engineering data.
  • Provide input for improvement of department procedures, controls, flows and systems.

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Stress Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Finite Element Analysis, CATIA, and Engineering Design can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Engineering Design. Competency in Engineering Design frequently indicates knowledge of Finite Element Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Stress Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Stress Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $66K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $81K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. Stress Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $127K.

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Experience Affects Stress Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 30%


National Average
$77,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Stress Engineer Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$77,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

CATIA
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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