Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States take home approximately $61K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Water Resources Engineers stretch from $50K on the lower end to $85K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The majority of Water Resources Engineers (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Water Resources Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,900 - $85,185
(Median)
$50K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,069
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$22.93 - $36.93
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$23
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,900 - $85,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
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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$50,150 - $85,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$22.93 - $36.93  
   
Overtime
$25.01 - $42.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
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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$50,150 - $85,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Water Resources Engineer

Water resources engineers are responsible for handling all of the engineering on water resources and preparing services and analyses on behalf of their organization. They are in charge of performing water resources calculation and suggest changes to the current resources model. These individuals have extensive technical knowledge to modify current parameters and prepare hydraulic models. They work with other engineers to complete studies and write detailed reports based on their results and findings. These individuals are organized, possess problem solving skills, and pay close attention to detail to identify possible water resources issues. One of their main duties is observing and documenting water projects.

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Water Resources Engineer Tasks

  • Facilitate project management and communication across team members.
  • Model, design and map proposed and current sites and projects.
  • Design, amend and update plans and drawings according to collected data.
  • Conduct hydrologic and/or hydraulic analyses to collect data and assess sites.
  • Write reports and correspondence, including tracking costs and schedules.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers flock to URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. HDR, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $64K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $55K and maxing out at just $84K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill, where earnings of $64K, $62K, or $61K are standard for Water Resources Engineers.

Parsons Brinkerhoff, Otak, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($57K, $59K, and $60K respectively).

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 14 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microstation and AutoCAD. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $58K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. For Water Resources Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $87K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,453

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Water Resources Engineers, 26 percent above the national average. Water Resources Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+20 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Orlando (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Water Resources Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Water Resources Engineer?

Water Resources Engineer in San Diego:
"New Engineer."
Pros: I get to work on many different types of jobs. I am always gaining new/relevant experience/training.
Cons: I have to sit on my ass for 40 hrs/week most of the time, I have don some field work though.

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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 22%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Hydraulic Modeling
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$61,000

Data Modeling
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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