Structural Engineer Salary

Structural Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $50K to $96K per year. In the world of Structural Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $50K and $96K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and location. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Structural Engineers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Structural Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to 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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$21
$30
$44
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 (?
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$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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Structural Engineers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Structural Principal Engineer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $104K per year. A Structural Engineer may also move into a role as a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


The Boeing Company, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., and Walter P. Moore are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Structural Engineers. Sargent & Lundy pays the most with a median salary of $87K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $63K to a high of $114K. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries at CH2M Hill (+$83K), The Boeing Company (+$78K), and Aecom Corporation (+$71K).

Structural Engineers will find the worst pay at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc, where the median salary crawls in at $62K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $79K, leaving little room for growth. Black and Veatch, Walter P. Moore, and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $65K, $65K, and $66K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Survey takers working as Structural Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Autodesk Revit Structure and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. Structural Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,815

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

For those looking to make money, Structural Engineers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

Structural Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

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.

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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SAP2000
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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$67,000

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AutoCAD
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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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