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Structural Design Engineer Salary

Late-career Structural Design Engineers rake in top-notch pay; their $104K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($60K annually). Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $59K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Structural Design Engineers make a median salary of $74K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $104K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,043 - $81,165
(Median)
$47K
$60K
$81K
MEDIAN: $60,474
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90%

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$21.85 - $48.64
(Median)
$22
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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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
$47,043 - $81,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,807  
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $6,125  
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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$47,793 - $86,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.85 - $48.64  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $51.67  
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 - $6,807  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,001 - $6,125  
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).
)
$47,793 - $86,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122

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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.

Common Career Paths for Structural Design Engineer


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Structural Design Engineers do not often transition into Engineering Project Manager roles. The role averages $88K per year. It is more probable, however, that Structural Design Engineers become Structural Engineers or Roads and Bridges Structural Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Windows Operating System General Use, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 11 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Most people experienced in AutoCAD also know 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


Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Structural Design Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Long Beach (+16 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent. St. Louis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 2 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 68%

Experienced
up arrow 20%


National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 23%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%


Mathcad
up arrow 7%

STAAD
up arrow 7%

Design
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$62,000

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 3%

SAP2000
up arrow 3%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 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%