Hydrologists in the United States take home approximately $63K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hydrologists. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Hydrologists who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,807 - $94,071
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$63K
$94K
MEDIAN: $62,779
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$17.80 - $34.61
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,807 - $94,071  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $5,430  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$41,362 - $92,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.80 - $34.61  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $48.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$103.04 - $5,430  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$41,362 - $92,295  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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Job Description for Hydrologist

A hydrologist works for a government agency or a company and studies water itself, water availability, and the water cycle. When relevant problems occur, the hydrologist helps to solve these issues. Some typical issues that are explored are effects from storm surges, floods, and droughts.

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Hydrologist Tasks

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

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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 $60K.

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Popular Skills for Hydrologist


Survey takers who work as Hydrologists usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Numerical Modeling, Environmental Consulting, and Geographic Information Systems can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems. Competency in Environmental Consulting frequently indicates knowledge of Geographic Information Systems.

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrologist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $54K. Hydrologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Hydrologists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $96K.

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Key Stats for Hydrologist

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

Numerical Modeling
up arrow 5%

National Average
$62,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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