Structural Designer Salary

For Structural Designers, hourly average wages total $26.66 per hour. Total cash compensation to Structural Designers approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Structural Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Structural Designers are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,444 - $82,794
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$83K
MEDIAN: $58,804
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$18.97 - $47.24
(Median)
$19
$27
$47
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,444 - $82,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
Profit Sharing
$574 - $6,400  
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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$41,470 - $96,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.97 - $47.24  
   
Overtime
$24.44 - $62.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$574 - $6,400  
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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$41,470 - $96,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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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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Structural Designers who go on to become Structural Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Structural Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $63K.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Survey results suggest that Structural Designers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autocad Structural Detailing, Microstation, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure. The majority of those who know AutoCAD also know Engineering Design and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $52K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. Structural Designers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Structural Designers that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Cleveland (+12 percent), and Knoxville (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Portland (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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National Average
$60,000

SolidWorks
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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 90 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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