For Structural Engineers, yearly average wages total $65K annually. Total cash compensation for Structural Engineers runs from $50K to $96K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $9K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geographic location are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Structural Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more male Structural Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,356 - $93,023
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$50K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,360
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$21.47 - $41.33
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$21
$30
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$50,356 - $93,023  
   
Bonus
$487.91 - $9,142  
Profit Sharing
$407.16 - $9,859  
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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$50,498 - $95,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$21.47 - $41.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$24.68 - $45.80  
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
$487.91 - $9,142  
   
Commission
$1,500  
Profit Sharing
$407.16 - $9,859  
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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$50,498 - $95,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 622
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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

  • 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 transition into a Structural Principal Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $105K 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


The Boeing Company, Aecom Corporation, Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Structural Engineers. 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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and CH2M Hill, top-paying firms where Structural Engineers rake in a respectable $79K, $77K, or $76K, 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 DCI Engineers at $61K, and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. where $63K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Structural Engineers there earn up to $120K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers report using a large range of 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 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Revit Structure and Autodesk Software. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $61K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $76K. Structural Engineers see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,698

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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Structural Engineers, 15 percent higher than the national average. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+12 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), St. Louis (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 3 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Minneapolis (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Structural Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

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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Experience Affects Structural Engineer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


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STAAD
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Mathcad
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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SAP2000
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National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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AutoDesk
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Autodesk Software
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 471 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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