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Structural Designer Salary

Structural Designers in the United States can expect wages of $26.58 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Structural Designers — including $6K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $95K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Structural Designers are male.

$40,124 - $80,794
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,275
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$18.96 - $48.54
(Median)
$19
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,124 - $80,794  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,855  
Profit Sharing
$636 - $6,800  
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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$41,125 - $94,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.96 - $48.54  
   
Overtime
$24.44 - $62.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,855  
   
Profit Sharing
$636 - $6,800  
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).
)
$41,125 - $94,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Autocad Structural Detailing, Microstation, SolidWorks, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $52K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $56K. Structural Designers bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $81K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Structural Designers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Structural Designers will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+13 percent), Denver (+9 percent), Knoxville (+7 percent), and Chicago (+2 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
$59,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 12%


SolidWorks
0%

National Average
$59,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 4%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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