Structural Design Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $63K annually. Total cash compensation for Structural Design Engineers runs from $49K to $93K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Structural Design Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,331 - $91,682
$50K
$63K
$92K
MEDIAN: $63,050
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$16.11 - $36.27
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MEDIAN: $28.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$50,331 - $91,682  
   
Bonus
$309.13 - $6,516  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$49,444 - $92,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.11 - $36.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$24.44 - $46.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$309.13 - $6,516  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$49,444 - $92,716  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Senior Structural Engineer, where median compensation 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


Salary cannot be beat at The Boeing Company, where median pay comes to $85K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $70K, and the higher end is not far away at $103K.

Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Structural Design Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in CATIA, SAP2000, Project Management, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing, and Autocad Structural Detailing. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Structural Design Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $61K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $72K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Structural Design Engineers make a median salary of $87K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,987

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Home to some of the best pay for Structural Design Engineers, Long Beach offers exceptional salaries, 13 percent above the national average. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+9 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (5 percent lower) and Wichita (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Structural Design Engineer

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
054
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 19%

SAP2000
up arrow 4%

up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Mathcad
0%

National Average
$64,000




Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 5%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 7%

Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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