Senior Structural Engineer Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Structural Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $77K to $133K per year and averages out to $93K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Structural Engineers approaches anywhere from $77K on the lower end to $133K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for Senior Structural Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Senior Structural Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$73,052 - $124,282
$73K
$94K
$120K
MEDIAN: $93,532
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$34.15 - $70.13
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$48
$70
MEDIAN: $48.21
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$0$134K
Salary $73,052 - $124,282
Bonus $773 - $10,510
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $18,422
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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$75,810 - $134,065
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 404
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $34.15 - $70.13
Hourly Tips $-0.02
Overtime $31.17 - $67.38
Annual Data $0$134K
Bonus $773 - $10,510
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $18,422
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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$75,810 - $134,065
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72

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Job Description for Senior Structural Engineer

Senior structural engineers use their engineering experience in the development and maintenance of architectural structures. These engineers are needed in many fields to design buildings and devices that can withstand current usage loads and future demands. Senior structural engineers work with architects through the entire course of a project. They may be employed by contractors, governments, or consultants. Leadership skills are a requirement for senior structural engineers, as they provide guidance and assistance to junior engineers.

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Senior Structural Engineer Tasks

  • Lead design process, including design reviews, submission and delivery.
  • Create budgets and scope-of-work documents.
  • Update, verify, validate, share and improve drawings and specifications.
  • Resolve, document and escalate design and construction problems.

Common Career Paths for Senior Structural Engineer


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Senior Structural Engineers who go on to become Structural Principal Engineers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Structural Principal Engineer, an upper-level role, pays $105K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Structural Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, Technical Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ANSYS Simulation Software, Mathcad, and Microstation. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Structural Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Structural Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Structural Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 33 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Structural Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Senior Structural Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 241 salaries. A Senior Structural Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 120 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,179

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

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Senior Structural Engineers in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+14 percent), Tampa (+12 percent), Washington (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+4 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (9 percent lower) and San Diego (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Structural Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Senior Structural Engineer Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$97,000

▼7%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Senior Structural Engineer Salaries



Technical Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$97,000




Microsoft Excel
▼5%

▼6%

Microstation
▼9%

Mathcad
▼10%

ANSYS Simulation Software
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 8%
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