Structural Design Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Structural Design Engineers is $61K per year; by contrast, very experienced professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $104K. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $60K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $66K. Structural Design Engineers see a median salary of $74K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $104K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,496 - $81,778
(Median)
$47K
$61K
$82K
MEDIAN: $60,922
10%
50%
90%

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$21.88 - $48.65
(Median)
$22
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$47,496 - $81,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,613  
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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$48,248 - $86,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 600
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.88 - $48.65  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $50.51  
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 - $6,613  
   
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).
)
$48,248 - $86,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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 some Structural Design Engineers move into positions like Engineering Project Manager (where the average salary is $88K), this progression is not the norm. However, Structural Design Engineers typically graduate to Structural Engineers or Roads and Bridges Structural Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Structural Design Engineers report using 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, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Autocad Structural Detailing, and Autodesk Revit Structure. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of 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


Structural Design Engineers will find that Long Beach offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Structural Design Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Wichita (+7 percent). In San Diego, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (3 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 22%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 10%


Mathcad
up arrow 7%

STAAD
up arrow 6%

Design
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

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

Engineering Design
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

SAP2000
0%

National Average
$63,000

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 3%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 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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