Hydrologist Salary

Hydrologists in the United States can expect wages of $62K annually on average. Cash earnings for Hydrologists — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $95K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Hydrologists. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,849 - $89,401
(Median)
$45K
$62K
$89K
MEDIAN: $62,260
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$19.46 - $34.95
(Median)
$19
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,849 - $89,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,868  
Profit Sharing
$2,819 - $15,383  
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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$44,338 - $95,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.46 - $34.95  
   
Overtime
$25.00 - $51.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,868  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,819 - $15,383  
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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$44,338 - $95,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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

  • 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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Many Hydrologists move into a Hydrogeologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Hydrogeologists on average bring in a similar salary to Hydrologists.

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Survey takers who work as Hydrologists typically report just a few professional skills. Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Environmental Consulting. Aptitude in Environmental Consulting tends to also indicate an understanding of Geographic Information Systems.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Hydrologists see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $86K.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$63,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

National Average
$63,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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