Structural Engineer Salary

Structural Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $96K per year. Total cash compensation to Structural Engineers approaches anywhere from $50K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and location. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Structural Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Structural Engineers (85 percent) who took the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,904 - $92,128
(Median)
$50K
$65K
$92K
MEDIAN: $65,175
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$21.24 - $44.14
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,904 - $92,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,592  
Profit Sharing
$496.85 - $9,580  
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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$50,073 - $95,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,863
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.24 - $44.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$25.05 - $48.50  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,592  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$496.85 - $9,580  
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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$50,073 - $95,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 867
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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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Advancing into a Structural Principal Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Structural Engineers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $104K per year. Becoming a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer is often the next step for a Structural Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Dominating the field, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., and Walter P. Moore are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Structural Engineers. Structural Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Sargent & Lundy, where the median salary comes to $87K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($63K) and those starting out ($114K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at CH2M Hill ($83K), The Boeing Company ($78K), and Aecom Corporation ($71K).

Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $62K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $53K to $79K. Black and Veatch, Walter P. Moore, and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $65K, $65K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, ANSYS, STAAD, and Finite Element Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autodesk Revit Structure and AutoCAD. 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Structural Engineers bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Structural Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,815

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

Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Structural Engineers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 2 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Denver and Atlanta.

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.

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer at Sargent & Lundy?

Structural Engineer in Chicago:
"Satisfactory."
Pros: I really enjoyed the people and the variety of projects. I never did the same thing twice.
Cons: The management was poor and they failed to develop young engineers properly.

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Experience Affects Structural Engineer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Mathcad
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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$67,000

Microsoft Excel
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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 854 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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