Structural Design Engineer Salary

Although Structural Design Engineers across the nation make a median of $61K per year, highly experienced workers can earn a generous $104K. The average inexperienced worker earns $60K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $67K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Structural Design Engineers make a median salary of $74K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $104K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,317 - $82,139

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$21.67 - $48.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,317 - $82,139  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $6,020  
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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$48,066 - $86,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 587
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.67 - $48.44  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $50.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,589  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $6,020  
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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$48,066 - $86,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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 transition into a Senior Structural Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $95K per year. A Structural Engineer or an Engineering Project Manager is a typical transition from a Structural Design Engineer role.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Structural Design Engineers seem to wield many 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 23 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those proficient in AutoCAD are, more often than not, also skilled in 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


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Structural Design Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Long Beach (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Wichita (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis and Dallas (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 19%


National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 23%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%


Mathcad
up arrow 7%

STAAD
up arrow 6%

Design
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

SAP2000
0%

National Average
$63,000

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 3%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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