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Water Resources Engineer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Water Resources Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $61K annually. Total cash earnings of Water Resources Engineers range from $49K on the low end to $88K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Men account for the majority of Water Resources Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. The majority of Water Resources Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Water Resources Engineer Salary (?
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$49,042 - $87,387
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MEDIAN: $61,240
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Water Resources Engineer Salary (?
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$21.61 - $38.00
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,042 - $87,387  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,987  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $3,973  
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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$48,927 - $88,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 327
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$21.61 - $38.00  
   
Overtime
$24.59 - $42.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $3,973  
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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$48,927 - $88,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.

Water Resources Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Water Resources Engineer

The biggest paychecks can be found at Otak, Inc. — the median salary there is $59K.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer

Water Resources Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Hydraulic Modeling, Engineering Design, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Data Modeling.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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Water Resources Engineers will find that Portland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+14 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Baltimore (+5 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Colorado Springs and Raleigh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Hydraulic Modeling
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Engineering Design
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$61,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%