Hydrologist Salary

Hydrologists in the United States take home approximately $61K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. The majority of Hydrologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Hydrologists survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,077 - $90,514
(Median)
$43K
$61K
$91K
MEDIAN: $61,387
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$20.24 - $34.87
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$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,077 - $90,514  
   
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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$44,216 - $89,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$20.24 - $34.87  
   
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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$44,216 - $89,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Consulting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Environmental Consulting tend to be skilled in Geographic Information Systems as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, 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 veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $88K.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$61,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$61,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 9%
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