Hydrogeologist Salary

For Hydrogeologists, yearly average wages total $63K annually. Final cash compensation to Hydrogeologists varies from around $46K to approximately $107K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $6K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Hydrogeologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,556 - $102,588
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,810
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$17.49 - $35.75
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$17
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,556 - $102,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,749  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,575  
Total Pay (?
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$45,814 - $107,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.49 - $35.75  
   
Overtime
$16.81 - $49.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,749  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,575  
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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$45,814 - $107,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 who go on to become Senior Hydrogeologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Hydrogeologists is $88K annually.

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Hydrogeologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $61K.

Employees of Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $54K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $45K to $104K.

Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Design. Those educated in Data Modeling tend to be well versed in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Project Management. Most people who know Environmental Consulting also know Project Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrogeologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hydrogeologists make a median salary of $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 $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,529

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

Home to some of the best pay for Hydrogeologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Salt Lake City (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (12 percent lower) and Greenville (6 percent lower).

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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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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