Hydrogeologists in the United States take home an average $64K annually. Total cash compensation for Hydrogeologists runs from $46K to $100K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and geography. There are more male Hydrogeologists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Hydrogeologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,001 - $98,162
$46K
$64K
$98K
MEDIAN: $64,103
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$18.20 - $39.50
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MEDIAN: $24.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,001 - $98,162  
   
Bonus
$145.44 - $10,365  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,332  
Total Pay (?
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$45,671 - $100,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.20 - $39.50  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $38.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$145.44 - $10,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,332  
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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$45,671 - $100,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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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While not commonly seen, Hydrogeologists who transition into a Senior Hydrogeologist position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Hydrogeologists is $90K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hydrogeologist


CH2M Hill offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $98K.

Considering that the median salary at Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. is a shallow $54K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is about half the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Survey results show that Hydrogeologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Environmental Consulting, Data Modeling, and Geographic Information Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Design, and Data Analysis. Most people familiar with Data Modeling also know Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Project Management. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hydrogeologists. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Hydrogeologists bring in $81K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $83K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,822

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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Hydrogeologists, 25 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Salt Lake City (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Milwaukee and 13 percent less in Greenville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Hydrogeologist

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
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Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries





National Average
$63,000


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Design
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Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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