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Hydrogeologist Salary

Hydrogeologists in the United States can expect wages of $63K annually on average. Total cash earnings of Hydrogeologists range from $46K on the low end to $108K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $11K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hydrogeologists. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,797 - $104,275
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,882
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$17.21 - $35.15
(Median)
$17
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,797 - $104,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $10,666  
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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$45,877 - $107,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.21 - $35.15  
   
Overtime
$19.52 - $49.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $10,666  
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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$45,877 - $107,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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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As Hydrogeologists transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Hydrogeologist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Hydrogeologists earn $82K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Hydrogeologists report using a diverse set of skills 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hydrogeologists. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


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 (+17 percent) and Denver (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Milwaukee Hydrogeologists earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Salt Lake City (15 percent less) and Phoenix (14 percent less).

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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries



National Average
$64,000



Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries


National Average
$64,000

Environmental Consulting
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Data Modeling
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 7%