Average Early-Career Geotechnical Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Early-Career Geotechnical Engineer is $62,991.
MEDIAN $62,991
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$50k - $78k
$492 - $6k
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$600 - $5k
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$48k - $80k

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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical Engineer Tasks
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
The top respondents for the job title Geotechnical Engineer are from the companies Terracon Consultants, Inc., Terracon and Aecom Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at Aecom Corporation where the average pay is $71,793. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Hart Crowser, earning around $64,998 and $64,423, respectively. S&ME, Inc. pays the lowest at around $57,133. Terracon and Terracon Consultants, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $59,906 and $60,000, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Geotechnical Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Geotechnical Engineer
Sr. Geotechnical Engineer
Project Engineer
Project Manager, Construction
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Project Management, Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

An entry-level Geotechnical Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $59,092 based on 154 salaries. A mid-career Geotechnical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,728 based on 322 salaries. An experienced Geotechnical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,590 based on 142 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $96,738.
Employees with Geotechnical Engineer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 9.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (8.4% more) and Houston, Texas (7.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (11.7% less), Atlanta, Georgia (6.1% less) and Nashville, Tennessee (3.0% less).

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