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Hydrogeologist Salary (United States)

The average Hydrogeologist in the United States earns approximately $62K per year. 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 $7K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 80 percent of Hydrogeologists are male. Work is enjoyable for Hydrogeologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$46,116 - $103,809
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MEDIAN: $62,251
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Hydrogeologist Salary (?
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$15.46 - $35.68
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,116 - $103,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,127  
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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$45,759 - $106,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $35.68  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,127  
   
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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$45,759 - $106,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hydrogeologists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Environmental Project Manager.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist

Hydrogeologists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 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.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Hydrogeologists. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $76K in this role. Hydrogeologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $86K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Hydrogeologists, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+18 percent) and Denver (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Salt Lake City (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries

National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries

Data Modeling
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National Average
$63,000
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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 124 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 7%