Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little under three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $88K annually, but may range from $69K to $118K per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Geotechnical Engineers stretch from $69K on the lower end to $118K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Senior Geotechnical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$69,610 - $111,541
(Median)
$70K
$88K
$110K
MEDIAN: $88,263
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90%

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$26.73 - $68.18
(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
$69,610 - $111,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,750  
Profit Sharing
$630 - $5,128  
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 - $118,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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 - $5,128  
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 - $118,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Senior Geotechnical Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 and Engineering Design. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$91,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

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 19 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%
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