What does a Senior 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Senior Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

€47,434 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€42K
Median: €47K
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Senior Geotechnical Engineer Career Path

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Senior Geotechnical Engineer Insights

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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”

GHDGHD
Geotechnical Engineer
14 Nov 2021

“Well organised system and good work life balance”

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

“Good pay and perks.”

Dar GroupDar Group
Geotechnical Engineer
6 Jul 2021

“It is good to work”

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”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior geotechnical engineer

When working as a senior geotechnical engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, PHD, Geotechnical Design, Technical Leadership and Consulting Experience.

The most similar professions to senior geotechnical engineer are:
  • Structural Engineer
  • Bridge Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
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The most common qualifications to become a senior geotechnical engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.