Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States — between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $69K to $117K per year, and the median is $88K annually. Overall cash earnings for Senior Geotechnical Engineers stretch from $69K on the lower end to $117K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,724 - $110,801

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$26.73 - $68.18

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,724 - $110,801  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,750  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $5,152  
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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$68,841 - $116,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$26.73 - $68.18  
   
Overtime
$26.73 - $81.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$630 - $5,152  
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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$68,841 - $116,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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 suggest that Senior Geotechnical Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%


National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$90,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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