Hydrogeologist Salary

For Hydrogeologists, annual average wages total $63K per year. Total cash compensation to Hydrogeologists approaches anywhere from $46K on the lower end to $106K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Hydrogeologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Hydrogeologists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,711 - $101,698
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,713
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$16.56 - $35.15
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$17
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,711 - $101,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,836  
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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$45,607 - $105,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $35.15  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,836  
   
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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$45,607 - $105,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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For Hydrogeologists, progressing to a Senior Hydrogeologist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Hydrogeologist can earn $85K annually.

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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 Excel, and Design. For most people, competency in Environmental Consulting indicates knowledge of 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.


Hydrogeologists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $52K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. Hydrogeologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $86K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


For Hydrogeologists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 12 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
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$64,000

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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 95 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%
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