Structural Design Engineer Salary

Median pay for Structural Design Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. In the world of Structural Design Engineers, overall income ranges from $50K near the bottom to $96K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the specific employer and geography impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Structural Design Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. For the most part, Structural Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,199 - $92,585
$51K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,062
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50%
90%

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$16.49 - $37.03
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$37
MEDIAN: $29.34
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$0$95K
Salary $51,199 - $92,585
Bonus $200.00 - $8,000
Profit Sharing $242.40 - $6,183
Total Pay (?
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$50,278 - $95,581
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 305
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $16.49 - $37.03
Hourly Tips $2.00
Overtime $24.50 - $50.50
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $200.00 - $8,000
Profit Sharing $242.40 - $6,183
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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$50,278 - $95,581
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 43

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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 who go on to become Senior Structural Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Structural Engineers is $96K annually. Becoming a Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is a common transition from a Structural Design Engineer role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Design Engineer


Pay for Structural Design Engineers is best at The Boeing Company, which offers a median salary of $85K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $70K to $103K.

Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in CATIA, SAP2000, Finite Element Analysis, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. People who know Microsoft Excel usually also know 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: $66,017

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

Melbourne is home to an above-average pay rate for Structural Design Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Long Beach (+10 percent), San Francisco (+4 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Houston (+1 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (8 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Structural Design Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

▲56%

▲34%

▲10%

National Average
$66,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

▲19%

▲1%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼0%

National Average
$66,000

▼1%


Microsoft Excel
▼2%

▼3%





Autocad Structural Detailing
▼10%


Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
▼10%

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 8%
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