Structural Designer Salary

Structural Designers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $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. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Structural Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Structural Designers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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 (?
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
$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


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 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Structural Designers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $53K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $58K. For Structural Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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.

With a pay rate for Structural Designers that is 18 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Structural Designers will also find cushy salaries in 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. Workers in Minneapolis and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
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National Average
$61,000

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
up arrow 6%



Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 12%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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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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