Water Resources Engineer Salary

Earnings for Water Resources Engineers in the United States come in at around $61K annually on average. Total incomes of Water Resources Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $87K. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Most Water Resources Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,776 - $87,473
(Median)
$50K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,420
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90%

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$22.17 - $36.37
(Median)
$22
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,776 - $87,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,040  
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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$49,747 - $87,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$22.17 - $36.37  
   
Overtime
$25.22 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $6,040  
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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$49,747 - $87,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Water Resources Engineers include URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Arcadis, Inc., and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. HDR, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $64K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $54K and maxing out at just $86K.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Survey results imply that Water Resources Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microstation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

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


Water Resources Engineers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $70K. Water Resources Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $86K. Water Resources Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $98K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Water Resources Engineers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Sacramento (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Colorado Springs and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

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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 21%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 14%

Microstation
up arrow 14%

Hydraulic Modeling
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Data Modeling
0%

National Average
$61,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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