Water Resources Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $62K annually, with highly experienced workers pulling down $104K on average. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $60K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $86K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $104K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $62,016
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,802 - $87,432  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,132  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $7,000  
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$51,223 - $87,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 456
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$24.50 - $38.97  
   
Overtime
$25.91 - $46.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $7,000  
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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$51,223 - $87,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Water Resources Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and CH2M Hill. Although the highest salaries can be found at Aecom Corporation where median pay is $74K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $55K and $95K. CH2M Hill, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc. also offer top salaries for Water Resources Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $71K, $65K, and $64K, respectively.

Water Resources Engineers will find the worst pay at Tetra Tech, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $57K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $87K, leaving little room for growth. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Parsons Brinkerhoff ($57K), Otak, Inc. ($59K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($60K).

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 12 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Microstation. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,675

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Water Resources Engineers will find that Sacramento offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+7 percent), Charlotte (+7 percent), Fort Collins (+5 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Colorado Springs and Cleveland (9 percent lower and 7 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 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%



National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries


ArcGIS
up arrow 13%

Data Analysis
up arrow 12%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%


Data Modeling
0%

Hydraulic Modeling
0%

National Average
$63,000



up arrow 6%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 8%

Microstation
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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