Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $69K to $121K per year and averages out to $89K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Geotechnical Engineers runs from $69K to $121K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,436 - $115,874
(Median)
$69K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,214
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$26.82 - $66.58
(Median)
$27
$47
$67
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,436 - $115,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,052  
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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$68,817 - $120,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$26.82 - $66.58  
   
Overtime
$26.73 - $81.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,052  
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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$68,817 - $120,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
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National Average
$93,000

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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