Structural Engineer Salary

Structural Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $65K per year. Compensation ranges from $50K on the lower end to $95K per year on the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Structural Engineers spread between $50K and $95K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Structural Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Structural Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,514 - $91,531
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$50K
$65K
$92K
MEDIAN: $64,656
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$21.02 - $44.16
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,514 - $91,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,260  
Profit Sharing
$494.62 - $8,357  
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
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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$49,740 - $94,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,397
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.02 - $44.16  
   
Overtime
$24.92 - $48.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,260  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$494.62 - $8,357  
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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$49,740 - $94,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 747
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Job Description for Structural Engineer

The person responsible for making sure that a structure is safe is the structural engineer. Structural engineers design and supervise the construction of structures like buildings, bridges, and railways. A structural engineer designs any kind of structure so that it can fulfill a specific purpose. Structural engineers have to make sure that a structure will remain safe, economical, and functional for its lifetime. They also work with older structures. They make sure that the older structures remain safe, and they design refurbishment schemes to ensure their safety. Structural engineers investigate immediate loads and demands on a structure and calculate future changes that may affect the building's soundness. The main focus for this work is to ensure the safety of the public. To do this, structural engineers investigate the strength of foundations and beams and calculate the loads and stresses on each building. They work in several different areas of construction, including building design, construction, extensions, conversions, and repairs. The projects that structural engineers work on can be simple buildings or a huge combination of buildings, as in a hospital. In order to do their job, structural engineers must work closely with engineers and architects. They must be involved in every part of the process. Structural engineers can be employed by contractors, consultants, and local authorities. They also have the option of getting into teaching and research. The mind of a structural engineer needs to be highly analytical, and they must understand the implications of decisions they make. Structural engineers need excellent communication skills and have a keen commercial awareness. A bachelor's degree in structural or civil engineering is required to pursue this field. Once this is obtained, the candidate must complete four years of initial professional development in order to apply for a professional review. The review consists of an interview and an exam. Once these are passed, the structural engineer can become an associate member (AMIstructE) or charter member (MIStructE) of the Institute of Structural Engineers. This allows the structural engineer to register with the Engineering Council as either an incorporated (IEng) or chartered (CEng) structural engineer.


Structural Engineer Tasks

  • Manages and directs staff at project site.
  • Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.
  • Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.

Common Career Paths for Structural Engineer


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Structural Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Structural Principal Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $104K per year. It is not uncommon for a Structural Engineer to continue on to become a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Structural Engineers include The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, URS Corporation Inc., Walter P. Moore, and Sargent & Lundy. Although Sargent & Lundy leads the field in pay with a median salary of $86K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $63K on the low end all the way up to $147K at the top. Those in search of high salaries should also consider The Boeing Company, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and CH2M Hill, top-paying firms where Structural Engineers rake in a respectable $79K, $77K, or $73K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $61K, Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $52K to $108K isn't that wide, either. Other low-paying employers include Walter P. Moore at $64K and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. at $65K, though some Structural Engineers there earn up to $138K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, STAAD, ANSYS, and Finite Element Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Structural Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $60K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $71K. Structural Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $101K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Structural Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Dallas (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Structural Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

Structural Engineer in Waukesha:
"Challenging work - exciting and rewarding."
Pros: Learning new engineering design methods from senior engineers and being able to use that knowledge to improve the world around me. I get to be a part of a very large process that creates homes, workplaces, medical facilities, infrastructure, and other places that benefit communities. I enjoy problem solving in an environment that welcomes questions and discussion. The workplace culture is great!
Cons: It is occasionally frustrating, and sometimes requires a lot of patience.

Structural Engineer in Newport Beach:
"Being A Structural Engineer Is Challenging And Rewarding."
Pros: I get to solve interesting problems and get compensated well to do it. Also, the work I do makes a difference and helps people.
Cons: I have to live in an expensive city.

Structural Engineer in Houston:
"Challenging, When there's Work."
Pros: Challenging, lots of variety and a relaxed atmosphere.
Cons: Not a lot of work in oil and gas.

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Experience Affects Structural Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


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Mathcad
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$66,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 900 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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