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Structural Design Engineer Salary

An average Structural Design Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $47K, and the top verges on $87K per year. Overall incomes of Structural Design Engineers generally bottom out at around $47K and peak near $87K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $7K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Structural Design Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$46,856 - $80,802
(Median)
47K
60K
69K
81K
MEDIAN: $60,340
10%
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90%

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$21.25 - $47.16
(Median)
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47
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,856 - $80,802  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,612  
Profit Sharing
$1,012 - $6,443  
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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$47,307 - $86,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 712
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.25 - $47.16  
   
Overtime
$1.56 - $51.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,612  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,012 - $6,443  
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).
)
$47,307 - $86,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Structural Design Engineers move into roles as Engineering Project Managers, where pay is an average $87K per year. A more likely transition for Structural Design Engineers is Structural Engineer or Structural Engineer, Roads and Bridges.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Design Engineers deploy a deep pool of 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, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, SAP2000, and Autocad Structural Detailing. 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.


For many Structural Design Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $58K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $66K. Structural Design Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $76K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $102K.

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 64%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 22%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 8%

Design
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Mathcad
up arrow 5%

STAAD
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$62,000

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 4%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 5%

SAP2000
up arrow 9%

AutoCAD
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%