Structural Designer Salary

Structural Designers in the United States take home an average $58K annually. Cash earnings for Structural Designers — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $95K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Structural Designers is high. There are far more male Structural Designers survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,927 - $84,757
$41K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,276
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50%
90%

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$20.40 - $45.20
$20
$28
$45
MEDIAN: $28.02
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$0$94K
Salary $40,927 - $84,757
Bonus $98.99 - $6,033
Profit Sharing $485 - $7,096
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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$43,110 - $94,003
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 220
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $20.40 - $45.20
Overtime $26.59 - $62.11
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $98.99 - $6,033
Profit Sharing $485 - $7,096
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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$43,110 - $94,003
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 187

Job Description for Structural Designer

Structural designers are in charge of performing complex structure designs for their organization. They are responsible for drafting computer models based on project needs and creating drawings that are used for final construction plans. They also review construction models and revise them as needed based on engineers' recommendations. Additionally, these designers must follow strict safety standards on their preliminary sketches, adequately take construction materials into account for designs, and meet deadlines.

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Structural Designer Tasks

  • Formulate, design, and draw structural illustrations, schemas and designs.
  • Communicate project problems, concerns, and flaws to managers.
  • Review, update, and modify construction drawings.

Common Career Paths for Structural Designer


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Structural Designers may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Project Engineer, which pays $67K on average annually.

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Popular Skills for Structural Designer


Survey results imply that Structural Designers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Autocad Structural Detailing and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SolidWorks, Computer Aided Design, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Most people skilled in AutoCAD are similarly competent in Engineering Design and Microstation.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Designer

Pay by Experience for a Structural Designer has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Designer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 155 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Structural Designer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Structural Designer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 105 salaries. A Structural Designer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 86 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,291

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

For Structural Designers, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Structural Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New Orleans (+37 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Pittsburgh (+17 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Milwaukee, which sits 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (13 percent lower) and Phoenix (8 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Structural Designer

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Structural Designer Salaries

▲29%

▲13%

National Average
$61,000

▼4%

▼10%

Skills That Affect Structural Designer Salaries

▲23%

Autocad Structural Detailing
▲23%

autodesk autocad
▲2%


National Average
$61,000

▼2%



Autodesk AutoCAD Structural Detailing
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼10%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼11%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼13%

SolidWorks
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%