Structural Engineer Salary

The average Structural Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $66K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $51K and hits $96K on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Structural Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Structural Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,002 - $93,313
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$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,676
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$20.25 - $41.23
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$0$96K
Salary $51,002 - $93,313
Bonus $487.40 - $9,620
Profit Sharing $389.38 - $9,813
Commission $1,750
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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$51,017 - $96,329
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,568
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $20.25 - $41.23
Overtime $25.01 - $48.17
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $487.40 - $9,620
Commission $1,750
Profit Sharing $389.38 - $9,813
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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$51,017 - $96,329
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 650

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

  • Researches and analyzes maps, blueprints, photos, charts, and other data to plan projects.
  • Gathers information to prepare and present reports on project topics.
  • Manages and directs staff at project site.
  • Performs engineering duties; plan, design and oversee the construction and maintenance of buildings, bridges, and other structures.

Common Career Paths for Structural Engineer


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Structural Engineers may progress into high-paying roles like Structural Principal Engineer, where median compensation is $105K annually. A Structural Engineer often moves on to become a Senior Structural Engineer or a Roads and Bridges Structural Engineer.

Structural Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Structural Engineer


Many Structural Engineers can be found at Aecom Corporation, The Boeing Company, Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, and Aecom Technology Group, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. For Structural Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at WorleyParsons; in fact, average earnings are around $82K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($73K versus $193K) is great. Other big spenders include The Boeing Company, CH2M Hill, and HNTB Corporation, top-paying firms where Structural Engineers see paychecks nearing $79K, $77K, or $75K.

Structural Engineers will find the worst pay at SSOE, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $53K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $59K, leaving little room for growth. Other low-paying employers include Graef Anhalt Schloemer at $55K and Kpff Consulting Engineers, Inc. at $62K, though some Structural Engineers there earn up to $107K.

Popular Skills for Structural Engineer


Structural Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, ANSYS, Finite Element Analysis, and STAAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk Software, Autodesk Revit Structure, and autodesk autocad. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Microsoft Office and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Structural Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Structural Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Structural Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 2,569 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $76,000 based on 1,138 salaries. An experienced Structural Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 603 salaries. A 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 $103,000 based on 208 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,950

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

Structural Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 12 percent. Structural Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and St. Louis (+8 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Denver and 2 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Structural Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Structural Engineer?

Structural Engineer in Denver:
"High stress, but gratifying."
Pros: I get to engage my brain and configure new ways to design things.
Cons: It can be frustrating with long hours.

Structural Engineer in Miami:
"I do high end structural design for residential mainly."
Pros: The mentorship and technology resources available to me.
Cons: The salary and bureaucracy due to the size of the company.

Structural Engineer in Jacksonville:
"Satisfying work."
Pros: The ability to work on multiple projects concurrently. Contributing to many buildings in the area.
Cons: Low pay.

Structural Engineer in Fairfax:
"Good work if you can get it, and you can get it if you try."
Pros: I get to use the skills and knowledge I acquired in college to create designs that other people will use for their homes and businesses.
Cons: Poor architects and engineers of record can really make jobs that should be straightforward into a big hassle.

Structural Engineer in San Luis Obispo:
Pros: Being creative in problem solving and having a tangible product of my work.
Cons:

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 Omaha:
Pros: I enjoy that I get to design and manufacture structures.
Cons: As a newly merged company, I don't enjoy the lack of structure and inefficiencies.

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Key Stats for Structural Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 597 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Structural Engineer Salaries

▲54%

▲31%

▲13%

National Average
$67,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Structural Engineer Salaries


▲6%


▲3%

▲1%


▼0%

Microstation
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%



▼2%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 597 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 9%