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Structural Engineer Salary

Structural engineers' salaries are typically in the range between £21,073 and £43,228 a year without bonuses and profit sharing, according to Payscale, while Total Jobs gives £42,500 as the average salary for the profession. Wages can vary greatly by years of experience and geography, and factors like professional certification (Chartered Member, Associate-Member, Technician Member of The Institution of Structural Engineers) can make a huge difference when it comes to an engineer's paycheck.

Salaries also vary by job title. Department managers and principals can earn twice as much as structural engineers employed in entry level positions. Project engineers, project managers, and other engineers in management and senior roles also earn significantly more than those with only a few years of experience working in the field.

Structural engineers working in the aerospace sector typically earn £10,000 more a year than those working in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and utilities sectors, according to Total Jobs, and those working in the sales sector earn £5,000 less a year than those employed in the construction sector.

Starting salaries for graduate structural engineers usually range between £18,000 and £23,000 a year, according to data provided by the National Careers Service. More experienced structural engineers make between £24,000 and £40,000 a year, while chartered structural engineers make £50,000 or more, depending on the location, sector and area of specialty.

Structural engineers typically start their careers as construction designers and, a few years later, they move on to project management, which comes with a significant salary bump. When it comes to their career options, they can usually move between construction companies, engineering consulting firms, and self-employment. There are plenty of opportunities to relocate within the UK and to work abroad.

Starting salary

Starting salaries for graduate trainees typically range from £23,000 to £32,000 a year, according to the graduate careers site Prospects.ac.uk. For those with less than a year of experience, salaries are between £12,080 and £25,958 a year, and for engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience, they typically range from £18,588 and £32,640 a year according to Payscale.

Hourly rate

Hourly rates vary greatly based on engineers' experience and years of employment in the field. For example, hourly wages for structural engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience range from £14,65 to £23.26, while those for engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience are between £25.28 and £56.50 per hour.

General salary information

Companies sometimes create financial benefits that are not visible in the base salary. A growing number of companies, for instance, allow telecommuting, which saves employees money on gas. Structural engineers mostly work out of offices, so telecommuting is a good way for companies to cut travel expenses and costs of relocation as well.

Payscale provides more detailed salary information for structural engineers by years of experience: those with 5 to 9 years of experience earn between £24,545 and £42,447 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience make from £29,107 to £51,446 a year, and those with 20 or more years of experience earn betweeen £28,425 and £55,058 a year.

Senior structural engineers and those with 10 to 15 years of experience in the field typically earn between £40,000 and £70,000 a year. Chartered structural engineers are usually at the higher end of the scale.