Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little under three-quarters of Senior Geotechnical Engineers. Salaries average out to around $87K per year and spread from $67K to $118K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Geotechnical Engineers — which occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $67K to approximately $118K. Most Senior Geotechnical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire
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.
Applicants for senior geotechnical engineer positions generally must have at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant field of engineering, with a master's in geotechnical or civil engineering preferred. Applicants must have at least eight years of experience in a field related to geotechnical engineering, such as surveying prospective mining sites or performing work related to geological science. Senior geotechnical engineers must willing to travel to (and remain at) remote locations for extended periods of time as needed based on project requirements. Applicants with a background in management are often preferred. Applicants must have experience in both Microsoft Office and AutoCAD software.
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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