Structural engineers design structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use.
- Newly trained structural engineers can earn in the region of £18,000 - £30,000
- Trained with experience structural engineers can earn in the region of £25,000 - £44,000
- Senior, chartered or master structural engineers can earn in the region of £32,000 - £55,000
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility.. Salaries and career options also improve with chartered status.
Qualifications and Training
To become a graduate structural engineer you would normally study a three-year bachelor of engineering degree or a four-year masters of engineering degree. It is important to study an accredited degree. For further details on accredited university degree courses visit www.ucas.ac.uk
To become a chartered structural engineer you must undertake a programme of professional development and training. You should continue each year with continual professional development (CPD) to maintain this status. You may also choose to go further with CPD and training and become an associate member or technician member of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
Becoming chartered means you have proved that you are highly experienced and skilled at doing your job. It is comparable to a bachelor’s degree and is recognised all over the world. Becoming chartered can enhance your career, increase your salary and boosts the professionalism of your organisation.
There are many routes to becoming chartered. Whether you’re a graduate, have technical or vocational qualifications or have simply built up years of experience, you can choose the path that best suits you.
You can achieve chartership through the relevant professional institution for the construction career you are following, however a full range of construction management jobs can gain chartered status. This includes specialists like surveyors, architects, design engineers, sustainability consultants and health and safety professionals. For Structural Engineers this is the Institute of Structural Engineers (ISTRUCTE)