Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salary

With over four-fifths of Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Geotechnical Engineers is $93K annually and can range from $75K on the lower end to $129K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Senior Geotechnical Engineers varies from around $75K to approximately $129K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $10K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Geotechnical Engineers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$71,664 - $125,795
$72K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,793
10%
50%
90%

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$32.43 - $49.58
$45
MEDIAN: $44.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,664 - $125,795  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $9,787  
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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$75,445 - $129,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$44.63  
   
Overtime
$46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,164  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $9,787  
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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$75,445 - $129,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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

  • Manage and lead investigations, analysis, design, and construction support for geotechnical, water resources, and mining projects.
  • Prepare and review technical reports.
  • Analyze earthquake response, soil, laboratory testing results, data reports and baseline reports.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Sr. Geotechnical Engineer


Senior Geotechnical Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, AutoCAD, Project Management, and autodesk autocad are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

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Key Stats for Sr. Geotechnical Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

▲8%

▲4%

National Average
$95,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
▲1%


AutoCAD
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$95,000



Microsoft Word
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 8%
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