Hydrogeologist Salary

The average Hydrogeologist in the United States earns approximately $64K annually. Total cash earnings of Hydrogeologists range from $45K on the low end to $101K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $5K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by experience level and geographic location. More than half of Hydrogeologists (68 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,373 - $99,496
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$64K
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MEDIAN: $63,574
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$17.93 - $39.87
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$0$100K
Salary $45,373 - $99,496
Bonus $0.00 - $7,946
Profit Sharing $97.87 - $5,171
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$44,595 - $100,755
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 205
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $17.93 - $39.87
Overtime $22.86 - $39.16
Annual Data $0$100K
Bonus $0.00 - $7,946
Profit Sharing $97.87 - $5,171
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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$44,595 - $100,755
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

  • 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.
  • Know, interpret and meet regulations, laws, and standards.
  • Manage projects, visiting sites, and guiding staff.

Common Career Paths for Hydrogeologist


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It's not very common for Hydrogeologists to move on to become Senior Hydrogeologists. Average pay for a Senior Hydrogeologist is $91K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hydrogeologist


Hydrogeologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $98K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. — the median salary comes to just $54K, about half the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Hydrogeologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Design, and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know Data Modeling also know Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Environmental Consulting are also skilled in Project Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrogeologist

Pay by Experience for a Hydrogeologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Hydrogeologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 111 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Hydrogeologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 61 salaries. An experienced Hydrogeologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 51 salaries. A Hydrogeologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 40 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,365

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Hydrogeologists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+22 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Salt Lake City (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). Hydrogeologists in Phoenix take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 21 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (19 percent less) and Greenville (12 percent less).

Hydrogeologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Hydrogeologist?

Hydrogeologist in Seattle:
"Lots of field work."
Pros: Field work opportunities all around the globe.
Cons: The management that doesn't know how to manage.

Hydrogeologist in Reno:
"Office."
Pros: Friendly environment, supportive co-workers, good environment.
Cons: Not enough responsibility. Would like more challenges.

Hydrogeologist in Tampa:
"Perversive and protectice of the emviroment."
Pros: Caring of community.
Cons: Pollution.

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Key Stats for Hydrogeologist

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries

▲35%

▲34%

▲8%

National Average
$62,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries





National Average
$62,000

Technical Writing
▼1%



Design
▼6%

Data Analysis
▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 5%
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