Structural Designer Salary

The average Structural Designer in the United States earns approximately $26.66 per hour. In the world of Structural Designers, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $96K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Structural Designers who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$40,410 - $82,080
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,864
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$19.13 - $47.80
(Median)
$19
$27
$48
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,410 - $82,080  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
Profit Sharing
$574 - $6,400  
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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$41,450 - $96,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.13 - $47.80  
   
Overtime
$24.37 - $62.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$574 - $6,400  
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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$41,450 - $96,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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 $63K.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Structural Designers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Autocad Structural Detailing, Microstation, SolidWorks, and Engineering Design 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 Engineering Design and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Structural Designers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $52K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $57K. For Structural Designers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Structural Designers, busy Denver offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Structural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Cleveland (+12 percent), and Knoxville (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Structural Designer's salary, with Pittsburgh Structural Designers earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
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National Average
$60,000

SolidWorks
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AutoCAD
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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