Structural Engineer Salary

Pay for Structural Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $95K per year. Cash earnings for Structural Engineers — including $7K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $95K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by the specific employer and geography. Structural Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,627 - $91,525

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$21.14 - $44.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,627 - $91,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,220  
Profit Sharing
$495.03 - $8,319  
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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$49,866 - $94,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.14 - $44.39  
   
Overtime
$24.97 - $48.58  
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 - $7,220  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$495.03 - $8,319  
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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$49,866 - $94,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 760
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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. 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Structural Engineers, The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, URS Corporation Inc., Walter P. Moore, and Sargent & Lundy are leading firms in the industry. Employees of Sargent & Lundy can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $86K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $63K to $147K. The Boeing Company, Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., and CH2M Hill are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Structural Engineers earning around $80K, $77K, or $73K at each firm, respectively.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc. While salaries on one end can reach $108K, the company's median pay sits at $61K, the lowest in the field. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Walter P. Moore at $64K, and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. where $65K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Structural Engineers there earn up to $116K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, STAAD, ANSYS, and Finite Element Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoDesk, AutoCAD, and Autodesk Revit Structure. Most people familiar with AutoCAD also 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $60K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $71K on average. Structural Engineers bring in $85K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Structural Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Structural Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+12 percent), Washington (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 5 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (5 percent less) and Dallas (3 percent less).

Structural Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

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
$66,000


Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


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National Average
$66,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 875 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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