Hydrogeologist Salary

Earnings for Hydrogeologists in the United States come in at around $62K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Hydrogeologists bottoms out near $46K and approaches $105K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Hydrogeologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Hydrogeologists survey respondents are men (79 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,652 - $101,363

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$16.62 - $35.07

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,652 - $101,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,797  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $5,617  
Total Pay (?
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$45,630 - $105,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.62 - $35.07  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,797  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $5,617  
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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$45,630 - $105,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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Hydrogeologists who go on to become Senior Hydrogeologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Hydrogeologists is $86K annually.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Hydrogeologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Data Modeling, Environmental Consulting, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Design. Those familiar with Environmental Consulting also tend to 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.


For many Hydrogeologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Hydrogeologists, 24 percent higher than the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Austin (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries


Environmental Consulting
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Data Modeling
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National Average
$63,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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