Structural Designer Salary
Pay for Structural Designers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $60K annually. Cash earnings for Structural Designers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $99K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Structural Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Structural Designers (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Structural designers create specific reports detailing changes that need to be made to structure sketches. One of their main tasks include producing samples and mockup versions of structures using different drafting methods. They prepare structural plans and implement the work of architectural, electrical, and mechanical designers. Additionally, structural designers participate in review meetings and suggest changes to existing designs. Generally, these designers report to the senior designer or engineering lead in their department.
A bachelor's degree in engineering design or a related field is necessary for this position. In addition, previous experience in structural drawing may be preferred. Structural designers must be proficient with computer design software such as AutoCAD, pay strong attention to detail, and be highly organized. They must be able to work effectively on their own and in a team setting with other designers, as well as have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Structural designers should have advanced knowledge of industrial methodologies as well.
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
Structural Designers sometimes move into a Project Engineer role, where the salary is similar. Going from Structural Designer to Structural Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $63K. Many others choose to work as Structural AutoCAD Designers, where pay is typically $51K.
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Popular Skills for Structural Designer
Structural Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Autocad Structural Detailing and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $61K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Structural Designer generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $78K.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Structural Designers in New Orleans enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+28 percent), Portland (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 18 percent below the national average. St. Louis and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.