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Hydrogeologist Salary

Hydrogeologists in the United States take home approximately $63K annually on average. Cash earnings for Hydrogeologists — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $46K to $106K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Hydrogeologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Hydrogeologists survey respondents are men (79 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,745 - $102,222
(Median)
$46K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,820
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$17.00 - $35.32
(Median)
$17
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$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,745 - $102,222  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Profit Sharing
$824 - $5,383  
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 - $105,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $35.32  
   
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 - $9,787  
   
Profit Sharing
$824 - $5,383  
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 - $105,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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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Hydrogeologists who transition into a Senior Hydrogeologist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year.

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Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Survey results imply that Hydrogeologists put a diverse skill set to use. 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 Design. Most people experienced in 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.


Hydrogeologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hydrogeologists make a median salary of $74K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $86K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Hydrogeologists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+17 percent) and Denver (+7 percent). Milwaukee is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Employers in Salt Lake City and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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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
$64,000

Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Design
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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