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Hydrologist Salary

Median pay for Hydrologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $59K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Hydrologists survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. Most Hydrologists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,049 - $88,977
(Median)
$41K
$59K
$89K
MEDIAN: $58,997
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$20.28 - $36.75
(Median)
$20
$25
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$41,049 - $88,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Total Pay (?
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$42,589 - $89,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.28 - $36.75  
   
Overtime
$22.27 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
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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$42,589 - $89,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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Job Description for Hydrologist

  • Travel to field sites to perform hydrologic testing and investigations.
  • Identify and interpret data trends in hydrologic systems.
  • Manage all aspects of water resource information and data collection.
  • Formulate predictions based on water resource data analysis.

Common Career Paths for Hydrologist


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Hydrologists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Hydrogeologist. Median pay for Hydrogeologists is $59K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hydrologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Hydrologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Hydrologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $73K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $88K on average.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 8%