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.

$44,075 - $84,878
(Median)
$44K
$60K
$85K
MEDIAN: $59,502
10%
50%
90%

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$19.80 - $50.24
(Median)
$20
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,075 - $84,878  
   
Bonus
$50.00 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $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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$43,893 - $98,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$19.80 - $50.24  
   
Overtime
$25.65 - $61.14  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$50.00 - $5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $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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$43,893 - $98,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
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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 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

National Average: $62,234

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

Autocad Structural Detailing
up arrow 21%


autodesk autocad
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National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
up arrow 11%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 12%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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