Male Hydraulic Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $69K annually in the United States. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,435 - $99,180
(Median)
$46K
$69K
$99K
MEDIAN: $69,020
10%
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90%

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$14.32 - $32.68
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$46,435 - $99,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,906  
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$37,261 - $97,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $32.68  
   
Overtime
$18.64 - $48.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,906  
   
Profit Sharing
$850  
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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$37,261 - $97,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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.

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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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $77K in this role. Hydraulic Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $75K.

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Experience Affects Engineer, Hydraulic Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Engineer, Hydraulic Salaries

Engineering Design
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Industrial Hydraulics
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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