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Hydrogeologist Salary (United States)

Annual wages for Hydrogeologists in the United States typically come in around $63K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Hydrogeologists can bottom out near $46K or peak near $109K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. In a profession dominated by men, 82 percent of Hydrogeologists are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$46,441 - $106,634
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MEDIAN: $62,592
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Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$17.82 - $36.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,441 - $106,634  
   
Bonus
$1.86 - $10,059  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $7,432  
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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$45,950 - $108,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.82 - $36.75  
   
Overtime
$19.91 - $49.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1.86 - $10,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$960 - $7,432  
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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$45,950 - $108,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat for those who assume higher-end positions like Environmental Project Manager. Environmental Project Managers tend to get paid $64K.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Environmental Consulting also 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $52K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $62K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $77K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $88K. Hydrogeologists with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Hydrogeologists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). Salt Lake City is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers in Austin and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries

Data Modeling
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National Average
$64,000
Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%