Hydrogeologist Salary

Earnings for Hydrogeologists in the United States come in at around $64K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Hydrogeologists spread between $46K and $102K depending on individual performance. While career duration and location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. There are more male Hydrogeologists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$46,794 - $99,841
$47K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,406
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$18.13 - $39.62
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MEDIAN: $24.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,794 - $99,841  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $8,292  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $7,381  
Total Pay (?
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$45,704 - $101,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Hourly Rate
$18.13 - $39.62  
   
Overtime
$22.50 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.67 - $8,292  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $7,381  
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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$45,704 - $101,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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It's not very common for Hydrogeologists to move on to become Senior Hydrogeologists. Average pay for a Senior Hydrogeologist is $91K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Hydrogeologist


Hydrogeologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at CH2M Hill, where the average salary comes to $98K.

Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $54K, about half the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Hydrogeologist


Survey results suggest that Hydrogeologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 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. A tool kit that includes Environmental Consulting also typically contains 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $67K. Hydrogeologists bring in $84K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,119

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, 25 percent above the national average. Hydrogeologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+20 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Salt Lake City (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Hydrogeologists in Phoenix earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Milwaukee and Greenville (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Hydrogeologist

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Hydrogeologist Salaries

▲33%

▲33%

▲7%

National Average
$63,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Hydrogeologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Technical Writing
▼3%



Data Analysis
▼7%


Design
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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