Median pay for Structural Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. 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 $95K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the specific employer and geography. For the most part, Structural Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority (85 percent) of Structural Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,558 - $92,582
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MEDIAN: $65,350
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$21.57 - $40.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,558 - $92,582  
   
Bonus
$490.16 - $9,601  
Profit Sharing
$406.73 - $9,800  
Commission
$1,500  
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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$50,643 - $95,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,464
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.57 - $40.71  
   
Overtime
$24.51 - $45.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$490.16 - $9,601  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$406.73 - $9,800  
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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$50,643 - $95,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 644

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Structural Principal Engineer. The average Structural Principal Engineer brings home $105K per year. Becoming a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is a common transition from a Structural Engineer role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers flock to The Boeing Company, Aecom Corporation, Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Employees of The Boeing Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $79K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $65K to $119K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, CH2M Hill, and HNTB Corporation, where Structural Engineers typically earn around $77K, $77K, or $75K, respectively.

SSOE, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $52K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $46K to $58K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Graef Anhalt Schloemer ($55K), DCI Engineers ($61K), and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. ($62K).

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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Software and Autodesk Revit Structure. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Structural Engineers. The average beginner in this position makes around $61K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. Structural Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $102K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,667

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Structural Engineers, 13 percent above the national average. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Washington (+11 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (4 percent less) and Atlanta (2 percent less).

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 493 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
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




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 493 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
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: 58%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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