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Structural Designer Salary (United States)

Structural Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $26.51 per hour. Cash earnings of Structural Designers can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $41K to almost $96K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Male Structural Designers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Structural Designer Salary (?
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$40,000 - $80,759
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MEDIAN: $57,456
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Structural Designer Salary (?
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$19.20 - $50.24
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,000 - $80,759  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,932  
Profit Sharing
$633 - $6,040  
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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$41,224 - $96,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$19.20 - $50.24  
   
Overtime
$24.27 - $64.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$633 - $6,040  
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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$41,224 - $96,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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 $62K.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microstation, SolidWorks, Engineering Design, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Microstation and Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Structural Designers. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $51K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $84K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$59,000
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For Structural Designers, Denver provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+20 percent), Cleveland (+13 percent), Knoxville (+8 percent), and Chicago (+2 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Structural Designers is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries

National Average
$59,000

Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

SolidWorks
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$59,000
AutoCAD
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Autocad Structural Detailing
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%