Structural Design Engineer Salary (United States)

55 percent of Structural Design Engineers are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $61,586 per year. Pay ranges from $46,900 on the low end to $85,812 per year on the higher side. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. There are far more male Structural Design Engineers than women, making up 86 percent of those in this profession. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Structural Design Engineer Salary (?
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$46,594 - $80,173
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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 (?
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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 do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Structural Design Engineer

Structural Design Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. 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.
For many but not all Structural Design Engineers, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $58K to $65,500 after five to 10 years in the field. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $77K. Even after two decades, Structural Design Engineers continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent 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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

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
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Experienced
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National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Structural Design Engineer Salaries

CATIA
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 12%
Project Management
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Mathcad
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STAAD
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Design
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Engineering Design
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$62,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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Autocad Structural Detailing
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AutoCAD
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SAP2000
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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%