Engineer, Hydraulic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Hydraulic Engineers earn an average of $63K annually. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,596 - $97,331
(Median)
$45K
$63K
$97K
MEDIAN: $62,927
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$11.74 - $26.55
(Median)
$12
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,596 - $97,331  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,200  
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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$37,049 - $97,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $26.55  
   
Overtime
$21.30 - $44.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $3,200  
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).
)
$37,049 - $97,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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Job Description for Engineer, Hydraulic

A hydraulic engineer is a specialized civil engineer who works with issues concerning the flow of water and other liquids. They are employed primarily to work on bridges and dams and at hydraulic power plants, and there are also mechanical engineering applications, including heavy machinery, cooling systems, and turbines, which require their expertise. They are also important to environmental management and city-planning needs.

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Engineer, Hydraulic Tasks

  • Design, develop, oversee execution, test and confirm performance for hydraulic projects.
  • Create project plans, document resource needs and evaluate project progress.
  • Model and refine hydraulic systems and algorithms.
  • Document specifications and feasibility, including site-specific and integrated components.
  • Design and test hydraulic systems, their controls and associated products.

Common Career Paths for Engineer, Hydraulic


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For Hydraulic Engineers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hydraulic Engineers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Civil Engineer.

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Pay by Experience Level for Engineer, Hydraulic

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. Hydraulic Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $83K on average.

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Experience Affects Engineer, Hydraulic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 8%
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