Hydrogeologist Salary (United States)

Hydrogeologists in the United States typically take home $63,740 per year. The top of the range reaches $108,608 per year, and the bottom approaches $45,950. Cash earnings, including $10,059 each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale, stretch from approximately $46,441 to almost $106,634 depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Hydrogeologists (82 percent). Job satisfaction for Hydrogeologists is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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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Salary
$46,441 - $106,634  
   
Bonus
$1.86 - $10,059  
Profit Sharing
$960 - $7,432  
Total Pay (?
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$45,950 - $108,608  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 392
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.82 - $36.75  
   
Overtime
$19.91 - $49.49  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Hydrogeologists, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Typically, a Environmental Project Manager, an upper-level role, will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist

Survey results show that Hydrogeologists use a fair number of skills. Those who have experience with Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 12 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Environmental Consulting tend to be well-versed in 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 Hydrogeologists, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries increase to $62K from around $53K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $77K. After two decades on the job, Hydrogeologists see salary growth dwindle, averaging $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. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Hydrogeologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Denver (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Salt Lake City. Workers in Austin and Seattle earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-12 percent and -2 percent).

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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

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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%
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