The average Structural Design Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K annually. In the world of Structural Design Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $95K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $4K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. For the most part, Structural Design Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Structural Design Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$50,311 - $93,509
(Median)
$50K
$63K
$94K
MEDIAN: $62,797
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50%
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$16.54 - $38.76
(Median)
$17
$28
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,311 - $93,509  
   
Bonus
$488.10 - $6,140  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,470  
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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$49,860 - $95,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $38.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.00  
Overtime
$24.49 - $46.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$488.10 - $6,140  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,470  
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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$49,860 - $95,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Structural Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $96K annually. Becoming a Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is often the next step for a Structural Design Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Design Engineer


Although the highest salaries can be found at The Boeing Company where median pay is $86K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $70K and $103K.

Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know CATIA can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. SAP2000 and Project Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 3 percent and 22 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing, and Autocad Structural Detailing. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Computer Aided Design (CAD). The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $61K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $73K. Structural Design Engineers bring in $81K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $102K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,715

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

For Structural Design Engineers, Long Beach provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Structural Design Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+9 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Charleston (+2 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Dallas and Wichita are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Structural Design Engineer Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
up arrow 22%

SAP2000
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Design
0%

National Average
$64,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Mathcad
up arrow 2%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 5%

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 6%

Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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