Structural Designer Salary

Structural Designers in the United States take home approximately $28.32 per hour on average. Total cash compensation for Structural Designers runs from $44K to $96K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Structural Designers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,459 - $83,453
$41K
$57K
$83K
MEDIAN: $57,461
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50%
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$20.56 - $50.19
$21
$28
$50
MEDIAN: $28.32
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$0$95K
Salary $41,459 - $83,453
Bonus $102.56 - $5,090
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $7,500
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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$43,722 - $95,724
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 188
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $20.56 - $50.19
Overtime $26.99 - $61.52
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $102.56 - $5,090
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $7,500
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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$43,722 - $95,724
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 190

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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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For Structural Designers who go on to become Project Engineers, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Project Engineer earns $67K annually.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Structural Designers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people experienced in AutoCAD also 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: $61,178

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

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Structural Designers in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Orleans (+37 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (13 percent lower) and Phoenix (8 percent lower).

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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 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$61,000

▼4%

▼10%

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
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 9%
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