Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Senior Geotechnical Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $75K to $129K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Geotechnical Engineers bottoms out near $75K and approaches $129K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$72,054 - $123,967
(Median)
$72K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,482
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50%
90%

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$27.73 - $50.57
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$49
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MEDIAN: $48.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,054 - $123,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,691  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $4,027  
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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$74,891 - $128,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$48.80  
   
Overtime
$46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,691  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $4,027  
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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$74,891 - $128,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
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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 show that Senior Geotechnical Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include autodesk autocad. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Microsoft Office.

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Experience Affects Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries



National Average
$95,000


Skills That Affect Sr. Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

AutoCAD
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$95,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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