Structural Designer Salary

The average Structural Designer in the United States earns approximately $27.52 per hour. Cash earnings for Structural Designers — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $42K to $102K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men account for the majority of Structural Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Most Structural Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,969 - $84,349
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$84K
MEDIAN: $58,619
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$19.52 - $51.01
(Median)
$20
$28
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,969 - $84,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,133  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$42,319 - $101,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.52 - $51.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$24.68 - $62.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,122  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $7,133  
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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$42,319 - $101,612  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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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Many Structural Designers move into a Structural Engineer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Structural Engineers on average bring in a similar salary to Structural Designers.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Survey results show that Structural Designers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Autocad Structural Detailing and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Computer Aided Design, and Microsoft Office. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to 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.


Structural Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $53K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $80K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,588

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

For Structural Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+13 percent), Nashville (+12 percent), Cleveland (+11 percent), and Chicago (+5 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis and Portland (3 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 25%


National Average
$61,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 1%


SolidWorks
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 12%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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