Hydrogeologist Salary (United States)

The average Hydrogeologist in the United States earns approximately $63,740 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $45,950 to $108,608 per year. Total cash compensation to Hydrogeologists varies from $45,950 to $108,608; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10,059 each. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Male Hydrogeologists far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$46,441 - $106,634
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MEDIAN: $62,592
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Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$17.82 - $36.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,441 - $106,634  
   
Bonus
$1.86 - $10,059  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $7,432  
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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$45,950 - $108,608  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.82 - $36.75  
   
Overtime
$19.91 - $49.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1.86 - $10,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$960 - $7,432  
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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$45,950 - $108,608  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Job Description for Hydrogeologist

Hydrogeology deals with distribution and movement of groundwater in the soil and rocks of the earth’s crust. Hydrogeologists usually support technical staff on environmental projects, and their tasks consist of engineering design support, flow and transport modeling support, 3-D hydrogeology visualization, GIS analysis, data entry, and database analysis. These positions usually include field work, and hydrogeologists are often exposed to outdoor elements such as dirt, dust, and inclement weather.
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Hydrogeologist Tasks
  • Know, interpret and meet regulations, laws, and standards.
  • Manage projects, visiting sites, and guiding staff.
  • Assess sites and create project plans for remediation or use of site to meet organization goals.
  • Model and test plans, create technical reports, and forecast costs.

Common Career Paths for Hydrogeologist

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As Hydrogeologists transition into upper-level roles, they do not see a turn in salary. For instance, a Environmental Project Manager usually earns the same amount as his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist

Survey results imply that Hydrogeologists put a diverse skill set to use. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Environmental Consulting also know Data Modeling and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrogeologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Hydrogeologists. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $53K can reach $62K. Compensation is $77K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Hydrogeologists at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $88K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Hydrogeologists report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$64,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Hydrogeologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Austin and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -12 percent and -2 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries

Data Modeling
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National Average
$64,000
Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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