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Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $87K per year, but may range from $69K to $116K 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 $69K to approximately $116K. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,920 - $110,093
(Median)
$69K
$87K
$110K
MEDIAN: $87,303
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50%
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
$68,920 - $110,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,127  
Profit Sharing
$631 - $5,117  
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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$68,717 - $115,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
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 - $9,127  
   
Profit Sharing
$631 - $5,117  
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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$68,717 - $115,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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 2%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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