Structural Engineer Salary

Structural Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K annually. Earnings sit near $51K on the lower side but can approach $96K per year on the higher side. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Structural Engineers generally range from $51K to $96K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Men account for the majority of Structural Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,533 - $92,806
$51K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,469
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$21.50 - $40.88
$22
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$41
MEDIAN: $29.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,533 - $92,806  
   
Bonus
$489.43 - $9,709  
Profit Sharing
$401.14 - $9,849  
Commission
$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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$50,625 - $95,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.50 - $40.88  
   
Overtime
$24.61 - $45.67  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$489.43 - $9,709  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$401.14 - $9,849  
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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$50,625 - $95,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 630

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Job Description for Structural Engineer

Structural engineers are individuals who design and create various forms of infrastructures that play a key role in the development of a community. Structural engineers work closely with the construction sector. For example, structural engineers can find employment with numerous organizations related to industrial construction and the building of bridges, buildings, pipelines, and mechanical structures. These companies include contractors, local authorizes, utility companies, central and federal government agencies, and automotive companies.

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Structural Engineer Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Structural Engineer


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As Structural Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Structural Principal Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Structural Principal Engineers earn $105K on average per year. A Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is a typical transition from a Structural Engineer role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Aecom Corporation, The Boeing Company, Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Structural Engineers. Although WorleyParsons boasts the highest average salary in town at $82K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $73K or as much as $193K. The Boeing Company, CH2M Hill, and HNTB Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Structural Engineers earning around $79K, $77K, or $75K at each firm, respectively.

SSOE, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $53K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $59K and scope of pay is rather limited. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Graef Anhalt Schloemer at $55K, and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. where $62K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Structural Engineers there earn up to $107K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, ANSYS, Finite Element Analysis, and STAAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Autodesk Software, Autodesk Revit Structure, and autodesk autocad. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Structural Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 2,569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 1,138 salaries. An experienced Structural Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 603 salaries. A Structural Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 208 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,725

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For Structural Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+12 percent), Washington (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and St. Louis (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Atlanta (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Structural Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

Structural Engineer in Jacksonville:
"Satisfying work."
Pros: The ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. Contributing to many buildings in the area.
Cons: Low pay.

Structural Engineer in Fairfax:
"Good work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try."
Pros: I get to use the skills and knowledge I acquired in college to create designs that other people will use for their homes and businesses.
Cons: Poor architects and engineers of record can really make jobs that should be straightforward into a big hassle.

Structural Engineer in Cleveland:
"Structural Engineer +\-3 yr experience."
Pros: People I work with, flexible schedule, ability to work both independently and with others.
Cons: Deadlines, responsibility, stress level.

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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Key Stats for Structural Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 469 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Structural Engineer Salaries

▲54%

▲32%

▲14%

National Average
$67,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


▲7%


▲4%

▲2%


▲1%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Microstation
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National Average
$67,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 469 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 9%
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