The average salary for an Early-Career Geotechnical Engineer is $62,991.
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer
Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically …Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer
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.
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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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