Structural Design Engineer Salary

An average Structural Design Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K per year. Cash earnings of Structural Design Engineers can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $50K to almost $96K. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. The vast majority (81 percent) of Structural Design Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. For the most part, Structural Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,902 - $93,831
$51K
$64K
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MEDIAN: $64,285
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$16.00 - $42.86
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MEDIAN: $29.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,902 - $93,831  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,872  
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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$50,032 - $96,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 303
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $42.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$24.58 - $50.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.34 - $6,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $5,872  
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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$50,032 - $96,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Structural Design Engineer


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Structural Design Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Structural Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $96K annually. A Structural Engineer role is the most prevalent career advancement for Structural Design Engineers. Paychecks for that role are $64K on average. The Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer position is another common transition for Structural Design Engineers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $66K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Design Engineer


Although the highest salaries can be found at The Boeing Company where median pay is $85K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $70K and $103K.

Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Fortunate workers who know CATIA command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Design Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Structural Design Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Design Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 241 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Design Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 75 salaries. An experienced Structural Design Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 39 salaries. A Structural Design Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,233

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Structural Design Engineers, Melbourne provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+11 percent), San Francisco (+6 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), and Houston (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Dallas (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Structural Design Engineer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

▲57%

▲36%

▲11%

National Average
$65,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

▲20%

▲2%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲1%

▼0%


National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

▼2%





Autocad Structural Detailing
▼8%


Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
▼9%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 8%
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