Average Hydrologists in the United States make around $63K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Hydrologists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Hydrologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,965 - $93,355
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$43K
$63K
$93K
MEDIAN: $63,014
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$17.26 - $33.34
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$17
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,965 - $93,355  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $5,638  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$41,026 - $90,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.26 - $33.34  
   
Overtime
$25.34 - $51.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$496.65 - $5,638  
   
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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$41,026 - $90,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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.

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Hydrologists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Hydrogeologist. Median pay for Hydrogeologists is $60K.

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Popular Skills for Hydrologist


Survey takers who work as Hydrologists usually report a few 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. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hydrologists. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $54K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $65K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hydrologists make a median salary of $75K. Hydrologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $93K.

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Experience Affects Hydrologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Hydrologist Salaries

Numerical Modeling
up arrow 5%

National Average
$62,000

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 2%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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