Water Resources Engineer Salary

Average Water Resources Engineers in the United States make around $62K per year. In the world of Water Resources Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $87K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $5K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Water Resources Engineers (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Water Resources Engineers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,868 - $86,368
$51K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $62,172
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$23.78 - $39.71
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,868 - $86,368  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,457  
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $5,182  
Total Pay (?
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$51,152 - $87,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 435
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$23.78 - $39.71  
   
Overtime
$25.78 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,457  
   
Profit Sharing
$495.51 - $5,182  
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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$51,152 - $87,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Water Resources Engineer


URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and CH2M Hill are top-notch employers for Water Resources Engineers in this area. Although salaries only range from $55K to just $95K, Aecom Corporation still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $72K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include CH2M Hill, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc., where Water Resources Engineers typically earn around $70K, $65K, or $64K, respectively.

Tetra Tech, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $56K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $50K to $87K. 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


Survey results imply that Water Resources Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, ArcGIS, Data Analysis, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microstation, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Water Resources Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Resources Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 362 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water Resources Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Water Resources Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 65 salaries. A Water Resources Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,853

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

For those looking to make money, Water Resources Engineers in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 12 percent above the national average. Water Resources Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Denver (+5 percent), and Fort Collins (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Colorado Springs and Tampa (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Water Resources Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Water Resources Engineer

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

▲51%

▲37%

▲13%

National Average
$63,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries


ArcGIS
▲13%

Data Analysis
▲11%

Environmental Consulting
▲8%



Data Modeling
▼0%

National Average
$63,000


Hydraulic Modeling
▼1%


▼6%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼7%

Microstation
▼8%

Microsoft Office
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 7%
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