Structural Engineer Salary

Structural Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K annually. Pay generally varies between $51K and $96K per year. Cash earnings of Structural Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $51K to almost $96K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the specific employer and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Structural Engineers are male. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,802 - $92,999
$51K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,450
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$21.00 - $41.29
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$41
MEDIAN: $29.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,802 - $92,999  
   
Bonus
$489.16 - $9,665  
Profit Sharing
$392.84 - $9,856  
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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$50,881 - $95,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,505
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.00 - $41.29  
   
Overtime
$24.84 - $46.16  
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
$489.16 - $9,665  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$392.84 - $9,856  
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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$50,881 - $95,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 671

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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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Structural Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Structural Principal Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. 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


Aecom Corporation, The Boeing Company, Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. are all popular places to work. WorleyParsons offers the largest salaries in town ($82K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $73K to $193K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Boeing Company, CH2M Hill, and HNTB Corporation, where Structural Engineers typically earn around $79K, $77K, or $75K, respectively.

Pay for Structural Engineers is the lowest at SSOE, Inc., which has a median salary of $53K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $59K. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Software, Autodesk Revit Structure, and autodesk autocad. Most people who know 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: $66,809

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Structural Engineers, Houston offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above 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). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Denver and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Structural Engineer Reviews

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

Structural Engineer in Denver:
"High stress, but gratifying."
Pros: I get to engage my brain and configure new ways to design things.
Cons: It can be frustrating with long hours.

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
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 507 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
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


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▲3%


▲1%

▲1%

Microsoft Office
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Microstation
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National Average
$67,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 507 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
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: 59%
no benefits
None: 9%
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