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Structural Design Engineer Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, over one-half of Structural Design Engineers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $60K annually. Earnings sit near $47K on the lower side but can approach $86K per year on the higher side. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Structural Design Engineers spread between $47K and $86K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Male Structural Design Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries in the field. Work is enjoyable for Structural Design Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Structural Design Engineer Salary (?
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$46,594 - $80,173
(Median)
47K
60K
69K
80K
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 (?
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  
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 (?
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$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  
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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Structural Design Engineers may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer offer money in line with Structural Design Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SAP2000, AutoCAD, and Autocad Structural Detailing. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Design Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Structural Design Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. During the first five years of their careers, Structural Design Engineers see a median income of $58K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $65K. Structural Design Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $99K on average. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — a fair portion of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

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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Structural Design Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+17 percent) and Seattle (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
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
up arrow 6%
Design
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Engineering Design
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
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
up arrow 11%

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%