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Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $69K to $116K per year, and the average comes out to $87K per year. In the world of Senior Geotechnical Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $69K and $116K. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$67,749 - $110,302
(Median)
$68K
$87K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,257
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90%

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$26.91 - $67.73
(Median)
$27
$42
$68
MEDIAN: $42.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,749 - $110,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,192  
Profit Sharing
$629 - $5,139  
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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$68,589 - $116,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$26.91 - $67.73  
   
Overtime
$26.73 - $81.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,192  
   
Profit Sharing
$629 - $5,139  
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).
)
$68,589 - $116,447  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Sr. Geotechnical Engineer

A senior geotechnical engineer is expected to lead, train, manage, and supervise a team of junior engineers, as well as communicate on behalf of the team to other departments such as operations and management. Senior geotechnical engineers must be able to inspect work sites, evaluate the potential risks associated with each site, determine the correct course of action for each project, delegate work to junior engineers as needed to keep the project on time, and train and inform each junior engineer of his or her responsibilities and of any changes to those duties as time passes. Senior geotechnical engineers must keep detailed logs, in writing and on the computer, so that management can monitor the progress of the team during the project. Senior geotechnical engineers are also expected to review the overall progress of each project and to determine ways to improve efficiency and reduce overhead. Finally, they must be ready to implement any requests by management to the best of their ability.

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Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Design shallow and deep foundations, earth retaining structures, and slope stability analysis of dams and embankments.
  • Conduct field assignments inspecting earth retaining structures including geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring, and deep foundations, tunnels, shallow foundations and drilled shafts.
  • Analyze earthquake response, soil, laboratory testing results, data reports and baseline reports.
  • Manage and lead investigations, analysis, design, and construction support for geotechnical, water resources, and mining projects.
  • Prepare and review technical reports.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Geotechnical Engineer


Survey results imply that Senior Geotechnical Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%