Structural Design Engineer Salary

With the highest median pay of $105K, very experienced Structural Design Engineers make much more than the national average ($61K annually) for those in this field. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $60K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $66K. For Structural Design Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $105K. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,381 - $81,976
(Median)
$47K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,925
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90%

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$21.98 - $49.12
(Median)
$22
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,381 - $81,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,610  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $6,020  
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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$48,220 - $86,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 602
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.98 - $49.12  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $50.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,610  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $6,020  
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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$48,220 - $86,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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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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While Structural Design Engineers do not often become Engineering Project Managers, the job pays $88K per year on average. Becoming a Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is, however, a more typical career progression for Structural Design Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Structural Design Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. 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 22 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. The majority of those who know 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


For Structural Design Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Long Beach (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Wichita (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 4 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Dallas (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 22%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%


Mathcad
up arrow 7%

STAAD
up arrow 6%

Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

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

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$63,000

SAP2000
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 3%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
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: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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