Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States take home approximately $61K per year on average. Cash earnings for Water Resources Engineers — including $5K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $88K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. There are more male Water Resources Engineers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Water Resources Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,632 - $87,962
(Median)
$50K
$61K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,458
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$22.15 - $36.41
(Median)
$22
$27
$36
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,632 - $87,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,024  
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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$49,610 - $87,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$22.15 - $36.41  
   
Overtime
$24.89 - $43.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,024  
   
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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$49,610 - $87,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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


Dominating the field, URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Arcadis, Inc., and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Water Resources Engineers. Water Resources Engineers in search of the best pay head to HDR, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $64K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $86K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $54K.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Survey results suggest that Water Resources Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Hydraulic Modeling, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Water Resources Engineers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Water Resources Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+12 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Sacramento (+8 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Workers in Colorado Springs and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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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


Microsoft Excel
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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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