Hydrogeologist Salary

Average Hydrogeologists in the United States make around $62K annually. In the world of Hydrogeologists, overall income ranges from $46K near the bottom to $105K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Hydrogeologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,638 - $101,418
(Median)
$46K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,241
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$16.62 - $35.07
(Median)
$17
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,638 - $101,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,872  
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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$45,547 - $105,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 379
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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 - $9,872  
   
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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$45,547 - $105,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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.

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Hydrogeologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Hydrogeologist. The average Senior Hydrogeologist brings home $86K per year.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Survey results suggest that Hydrogeologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Data Modeling, Environmental Consulting, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hydrogeologists. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $64K. Hydrogeologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. Hydrogeologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


Hydrogeologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+19 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (11 percent less) and Austin (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries


Data Modeling
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Environmental Consulting
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$63,000

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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
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%
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