What does a Geotechnical Engineer do?

Geotechnical engineers ensure the foundations for a built object, including a street, building, runway, or dam, are solid. They primarily focus on how structures and the earth interact, including with soil and rocks. Geotechnical engineers design and plan for slopes, retaining walls, and tunnels. They review the organic features of a proposed construction site and its surroundings to verify the appropriateness of the location.

Geotechnical engineers also account for factors including weather or traffic before delivering their ultimate decisions about the safety of a proposed or existing site. When inspecting a proposed site, geotechnical engineers examine the composition of naturally occurring formations and take an array of samples to study in a laboratory and determine the likelihood of consequential movement in the land at the proposed site. They suggest effective fixes for geotechnical obstacles including slopes and calculate the required cost in material resources and share a final evidence-based verdict with stakeholders. Geotechnical engineers need a bachelor’s degree in geotechnical engineering.

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Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€30,881 /yr
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Not including cash compensation
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€28K
Median: €31K
€62K
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Fugro GeoServicesFugro GeoServices
Geotechnical Engineer
26 Aug 2020

“effectively just being paid your base rate but doing twice as many hours on it.”

Nando's UK & IRENando's UK & IRE
Graduate Geotechnical Engineer
5 Nov 2020

“reliable and good pay”

SMECSMEC
Geotechnical Engineer
11 Oct 2019

“Career development based on luck/resourcing rather than engineers own goals and objectives”

Navarro & Wright ConsultingNavarro & Wright Consulting
Project Geotechnical Engineer
21 Jun 2021

“Good pay and perks.”

ExxonMobilExxonMobil
Geotechnician
11 Jan 2021

“Generally a competitive salary but on the lower end of the scale”

ArupArup
Graduate Geotechnical Engineer
4 Jun 2020

“One of the best employee benefits package in the industry”

FugroFugro
Geotechnical Engineer
20 Sep 2021

“Good people to work with”

Tonkin & TaylorTonkin & Taylor
Geotechnical Engineer
12 Sep 2021

“Great team to work with”

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