Hydrologist Salary

Earnings for Hydrologists in the United States come in at around $61K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Hydrologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Hydrologists who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,663 - $90,440
(Median)
$42K
$61K
$90K
MEDIAN: $61,257
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$20.24 - $34.87
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,663 - $90,440  
   
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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$43,721 - $89,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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$43,721 - $89,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 report a focused set of job 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.


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 $66K. Hydrologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. 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 14%

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 28 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

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: 42% employee benefits None: 9%
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