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Structural Design Engineer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Structural Design Engineers, very senior workers enjoy much larger paychecks — $105K versus $61K annually. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $59K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $66K. Structural Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $105K. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,328 - $81,327
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$47K
$61K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,704
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$22.00 - $47.00
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$47
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,328 - $81,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,768  
Profit Sharing
$985 - $6,013  
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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$48,159 - $86,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$22.00 - $47.00  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $50.81  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,768  
   
Profit Sharing
$985 - $6,013  
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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$48,159 - $86,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 119

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Job Description for Structural Design Engineer

Structural design engineers create the details, drawings, and schematics for the building of larger structures, such as buildings, bridges, and other public works. The engineer applies sound engineering principles to design structures that are functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing.

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Structural Design Engineer Tasks

  • Manages and directs staff at project site.
  • Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.
  • Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Windows Operating System General Use, and STAAD are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Design Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Structural Design Engineers that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Long Beach (+16 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Wichita (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (3 percent less) and St. Louis (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 69%

Experienced
up arrow 20%


National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 22%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%

STAAD
up arrow 7%


Mathcad
up arrow 6%

Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

SAP2000
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 4%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%
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