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Hydrogeologist Salary

Pay for Hydrogeologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $63K per year. Cash earnings for Hydrogeologists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $46K to approximately $107K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Hydrogeologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Hydrogeologists survey respondents are men (79 percent). Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,730 - $102,281
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,061
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$17.00 - $35.32
(Median)
$17
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,730 - $102,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,872  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $6,416  
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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$45,744 - $106,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $35.32  
   
Overtime
$19.46 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $6,416  
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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$45,744 - $106,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 $84K per year.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Survey results suggest that Hydrogeologists use a fairly large toolkit 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 Office, 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Hydrogeologists bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


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 (+17 percent) and Denver (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Phoenix and 8 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries


Data Modeling
0%

National Average
$64,000

Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%
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