Structural Designer Salary

An average Structural Designer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $28.92 per hour. Total cash compensation for Structural Designers runs from $45K to $100K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (82 percent) of Structural Designers who answered the questionnaire are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$43,876 - $86,689
$44K
$60K
$87K
MEDIAN: $59,766
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$20.28 - $50.34
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MEDIAN: $28.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,876 - $86,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,600  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
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$44,545 - $100,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.28 - $50.34  
   
Overtime
$26.05 - $61.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,600  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $7,891  
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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$44,545 - $100,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 197

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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Project Engineer. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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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, Microstation, and Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 19 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing SolidWorks as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Design and Autodesk Revit Structure also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in 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.


For Structural Designers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $55K 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 $60K. For Structural Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Structural Designers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,769

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

Structural Designers will find that New Orleans offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Structural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+27 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Milwaukee is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Structural Designer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries

▲26%

▲11%

National Average
$63,000

▼4%

▼12%

Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
▲20%

▲19%

Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
▲6%

National Average
$63,000



Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼2%


▼5%

Microsoft Office
▼7%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼15%

SolidWorks
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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