Structural Design Engineer Salary (United States)

More than half of Structural Design Engineers report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $61,586 per year on average. Compensation ranges from $46,900 on the low end to $85,812 per year on the high end. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $46,594 on the lower end to $80,173 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6,611 from bonuses and upwards of $6,246 from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Structural Design Engineers are largely men, dominating the profession at 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Structural Design Engineers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Structural Design Engineer Salary (?
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$46,594 - $80,173
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MEDIAN: $60,011
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Structural Design Engineer Salary (?
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$21.35 - $47.33
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,594 - $80,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,611  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $6,246  
Total Pay (?
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$46,900 - $85,812  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 766
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.35 - $47.33  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $52.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,611  
   
Profit Sharing
$988 - $6,246  
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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$46,900 - $85,812  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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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For Structural Design Engineers, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Structural Design Engineers will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer

Structural Design Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Windows Operating System General Use, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SAP2000, AutoCAD, and Autocad Structural Detailing. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Structural Design Engineers. Early in their career, Structural Design Engineers do not see a dramatic shift in salary; typically starting at $58K, pay reaches $65,500 after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $77K after 10 to 20 years. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Structural Design Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Long Beach
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Seattle
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Wichita
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National Average
$62,000
San Diego
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Structural Design Engineers, 19 percent above the national average. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+17 percent) and Seattle (+13 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 21%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%
Project Management
up arrow 9%
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 7%
Mathcad
up arrow 6%
STAAD
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Design
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Office
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$62,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%
Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 7%
Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 7%
AutoCAD
up arrow 10%
SAP2000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 9%
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