Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States take home approximately $62K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Water Resources Engineers varies from around $51K to approximately $87K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. There are more male Water Resources Engineers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,926 - $87,039
$51K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,104
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$24.31 - $39.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,926 - $87,039  
   
Bonus
$295.90 - $5,171  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,047  
Total Pay (?
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$51,329 - $87,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 428
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$24.31 - $39.17  
   
Overtime
$26.20 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$295.90 - $5,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $7,047  
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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$51,329 - $87,353  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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


Many Water Resources Engineers can be found at URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and CH2M Hill, firms that are at the top of the field. Aecom Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $72K, though there is little variation overall ($55K to $95K). Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at CH2M Hill ($70K), Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. ($65K), and HDR, Inc. ($64K).

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. Workers at Parsons Brinkerhoff, Otak, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $57K, $59K, and $60K respectively.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Microstation, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d. Most people who know Engineering Design also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $60K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $71K. For Water Resources Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $95K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,793

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For Water Resources Engineers, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Denver (+5 percent), and Fort Collins (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Colorado Springs and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

▲51%

▲38%

▲13%

National Average
$63,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries


ArcGIS
▲13%

Data Analysis
▲12%

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 48 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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