Hydrologist Salary

Hydrologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $63K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Hydrologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Male Hydrologists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$42,416 - $94,071
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$63K
$94K
MEDIAN: $62,809
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$17.92 - $34.38
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$34
MEDIAN: $24.96
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,416 - $94,071  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,300  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$41,001 - $92,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.92 - $34.38  
   
Overtime
$27.50 - $48.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,300  
   
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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$41,001 - $92,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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.

Common Career Paths for Hydrologist


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For Hydrologists, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Hydrologists earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Hydrogeologist.

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Popular Skills for Hydrologist


Hydrologists report a narrow range of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Geographic Information Systems is a skill commonly found among those who know Environmental Consulting.

Pay by Experience Level for Hydrologist

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Hydrologists. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hydrologists make a median salary of $73K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $96K.

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Key Stats for Hydrologist

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲55%

▲19%

▲3%

National Average
$62,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

Numerical Modeling
▲5%

National Average
$62,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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