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Entry-Level Structural Engineer Salary

The average Entry-Level Structural Engineer can expect to rake in roughly $59K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Structural Engineers ranges from $47K on the lower end to $77K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Entry-Level Structural Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most Entry-Level Structural Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$46,688 - $74,361
(Median)
$47K
$59K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,556
10%
50%
90%

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$19.76 - $34.75
(Median)
$20
$27
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$46,688 - $74,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,116  
Profit Sharing
$486.84 - $5,160  
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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$46,549 - $76,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,441
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $34.75  
   
Overtime
$24.27 - $42.09  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,116  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $0.00  
Profit Sharing
$486.84 - $5,160  
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).
)
$46,549 - $76,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Structural Engineer


Dominating the field, URS Corporation Inc., Walter P. Moore, The Boeing Company, Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc, and HNTB Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Structural Engineers. Salary cannot be beat at The Boeing Company, where median pay comes to $69K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $56K, and the higher end is not far away at $81K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider HNTB Corporation, Parsons Brinkerhoff, and Walter P. Moore, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Structural Engineers rake in a respectable $65K, $64K, or $64K, respectively.

Pay for Entry-Level Structural Engineers is the lowest at Thornton-Tomasetti Group, Inc, which has a median salary of $60K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $70K. URS Corporation Inc., Gpd Group, and Burns & Mcdonnell also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $62K, $62K, and $63K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Structural Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+10 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and New York (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Structural Engineer Salaries

ANSYS
up arrow 7%

SAP2000
up arrow 4%

STAAD
up arrow 3%

Mathcad
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
0%

Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

AutoDesk
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Autodesk Revit Structure
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 542 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%