Structural Designer Salary

The average Structural Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.68 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Structural Designers spread between $42K and $95K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Structural Designers is high. The vast majority of Structural Designers (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$40,582 - $83,581

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$18.91 - $45.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,582 - $83,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $6,707  
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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$41,717 - $95,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $45.35  
   
Overtime
$24.61 - $61.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,210  
   
Profit Sharing
$974 - $6,707  
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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$41,717 - $95,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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Job Description for Structural Designer

Structural designers are in charge of performing complex structure designs for their organization. They are responsible for drafting computer models based on project needs and creating drawings that are used for final construction plans. They also review construction models and revise them as needed based on engineers' recommendations. Additionally, these designers must follow strict safety standards on their preliminary sketches, adequately take construction materials into account for designs, and meet deadlines.

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Structural Designer Tasks

  • Review, update, and modify construction drawings.
  • Communicate project problems, concerns, and flaws to managers.
  • Formulate, design, and draw structural illustrations, schemas and designs.

Common Career Paths for Structural Designer


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For Structural Designers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Structural Designers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Structural Engineer.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Structural Designers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Autocad Structural Detailing and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Engineering Design and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Structural Designers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $52K, 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 $57K. On average, Structural Designers make $67K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $79K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Structural Designers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Cleveland (+13 percent), and Knoxville (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
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SolidWorks
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National Average
$60,000

AutoCAD
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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