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Structural Engineer Salary

Earnings for Structural Engineers in the United States come in at around $64K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $49K to $95K per year. Cash earnings for Structural Engineers — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $95K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The vast majority of Structural Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Structural Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$49,324 - $91,273
(Median)
49K
64K
77K
91K
MEDIAN: $64,179
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$20.55 - $43.94
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,324 - $91,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,843  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $9,385  
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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$49,489 - $94,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.55 - $43.94  
   
Overtime
$24.80 - $49.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,843  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $9,385  
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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$49,489 - $94,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 718
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Structural Principal Engineer. Median pay for a Structural Principal Engineer is $104K per year. It is not unusual for a Structural Engineer to become a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer.

Structural Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Structural Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, Sargent & Lundy, and CH2M Hill. Sargent & Lundy pays the most with a median salary of $83K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $62K to a high of $113K. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries at The Boeing Company (+$80K), HDR, Inc. (+$77K), and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (+$76K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc at $61K, Larson Engineering at $63K, and Walter P. Moore, where $63K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Survey results imply that Structural Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in STAAD, ANSYS, Project Management, and Mathcad are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoDesk and AutoCAD. Those familiar with AutoCAD also tend to know 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Structural Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $59K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $70K. Structural Engineers see a median salary of $84K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $101K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location


For Structural Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+11 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). In Portland, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Philadelphia (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Structural Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?
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.

Related Job Salaries

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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Autocad 2000i
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Windows Operating System General Use
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Matlab
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Autodesk Revit Structure
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1121 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 8%