Structural Designer Salary

For Structural Designers, hourly average wages total $27.97 per hour. Total cash compensation to Structural Designers bottoms out near $45K and approaches $97K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $7K from profit sharing. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Structural Designers. Men make up the vast majority of Structural Designers (83 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,583 - $86,197
$45K
$59K
$86K
MEDIAN: $59,092
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50%
90%

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$20.51 - $49.12
$21
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $27.97
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,583 - $86,197  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,987  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $7,047  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$45,082 - $97,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.51 - $49.12  
   
Overtime
$25.96 - $61.25  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,987  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $7,047  
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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$45,082 - $97,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Structural Designer


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Structural Designers may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Project Engineer. Project Engineers on average make about as much as Structural Designers do.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 23 percent and 23 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know Engineering Design and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

Pay by Experience for a Structural Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 155 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Structural Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 105 salaries. A Structural Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 86 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,329

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Structural Designers in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Designers will also find cushy salaries in New Orleans (+36 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Phoenix (13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Structural Designer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$61,000

▼4%

▼11%

Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

▲23%

Autocad Structural Detailing
▲23%

autodesk autocad
▲2%


National Average
$61,000

▼2%



Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼10%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼11%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼13%

SolidWorks
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 9%
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