Structural Design Engineer Salary

For Structural Design Engineers, very senior workers enjoy the highest paychecks — around $104K — relative to the national average of $61K per year. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $69K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $60K. On average, Structural Design Engineers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $104K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,113 - $87,252
(Median)
$48K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,270
10%
50%
90%

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$21.25 - $49.00
(Median)
$21
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$48,113 - $87,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,072  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,896  
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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$48,425 - $89,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.25 - $49.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$1.54 - $51.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,072  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,896  
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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$48,425 - $89,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
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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 who advance into the role of a Senior Structural Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Structural Engineers on average earn $95K per year. A more common career path for Structural Design Engineers is stepping into the role of Structural Engineer or Engineering Project Manager.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Design Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with CATIA, Windows Operating System General Use, and Mathcad are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 11 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Most people familiar with 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

National Average: $62,451

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

For Structural Design Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 25%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 11%

Mathcad
up arrow 6%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

STAAD
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

SAP2000
up arrow 1%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 4%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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