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Hydrologist Salary

Median pay for Hydrologists in the United States is around $60K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (84 percent) of Hydrologists who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Hydrologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,445 - $89,767
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$60K
$90K
MEDIAN: $60,380
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$20.19 - $34.52
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,445 - $89,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
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$42,926 - $89,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.19 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$24.08 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$42,926 - $89,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Hydrologist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. On average, Hydrologists make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $88K.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 9%
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