Structural Engineer Salary

The average Structural Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $64K annually. Earnings generally vary between $50K and $95K per year. Final cash compensation to Structural Engineers varies from around $50K to approximately $95K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $9K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Structural Engineers is high. The vast majority of Structural Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,505 - $91,671
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$50K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $64,494
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$20.78 - $44.27
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$21
$30
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,505 - $91,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,105  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $9,040  
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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$49,706 - $95,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,308
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.78 - $44.27  
   
Overtime
$24.74 - $49.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,105  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $9,040  
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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$49,706 - $95,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 733

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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 who move on to become Structural Principal Engineers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Structural Principal Engineers get paid an average of $104K per year. A Structural Engineer often moves on to become a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Structural Engineers, The Boeing Company, URS Corporation Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Sargent & Lundy, and Walter P. Moore are leading firms in the industry. Although Sargent & Lundy leads the field in pay with a median salary of $85K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $63K on the low end all the way up to $131K at the top. WorleyParsons, The Boeing Company, and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Structural Engineers earning around $82K, $81K, or $75K at each firm, respectively.

Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc offers the smallest salaries in town — $61K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $52K to $141K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Black and Veatch, Walter P. Moore, and URS Corporation Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $64K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers report using a large range 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $60K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $71K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $85K. Structural Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Structural Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Washington (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 6 percent south of the national average. Workers in Dallas and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, 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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Engineering Design
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SAP2000
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Matlab
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AutoCAD
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1033 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%