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Structural Designer Salary

The average Structural Designer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $26.55 per hour. Final cash compensation to Structural Designers varies from around $41K to approximately $94K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Structural Designers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,171 - $80,618
(Median)
$40K
$58K
$81K
MEDIAN: $58,377
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$19.05 - $48.18
(Median)
$19
$27
$48
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
$40,171 - $80,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,837  
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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$41,195 - $94,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.05 - $48.18  
   
Overtime
$24.46 - $62.44  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,837  
   
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).
)
$41,195 - $94,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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.

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Structural Designers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Structural Engineer. Median pay for Structural Engineers is $63K.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Survey results imply that Structural Designers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Autocad Structural Detailing, Microstation, SolidWorks, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Structural Designers. 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. On average, Structural Designers make $67K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location


Structural Designers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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
21%
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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