Hydrologist Salary

Hydrologists in the United States take home approximately $61K 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 more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly two in five. Work is enjoyable for Hydrologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Hydrologists (81 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,535 - $90,590

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$19.73 - $34.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,535 - $90,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,112  
Total Pay (?
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$43,105 - $89,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $34.79  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $51.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,112  
   
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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$43,105 - $89,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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.

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Hydrologists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Environmental Consulting. It is not unusual for someone who knows Environmental Consulting to be familiar with Geographic Information Systems as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrologist

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


For many Hydrologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Hydrologists see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $88K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 10%
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