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Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States take home an average $62K per year. 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. The majority of Water Resources Engineers (68 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,805 - $88,103
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$50K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,517
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$21.57 - $36.41
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$36
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,805 - $88,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,074  
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $6,082  
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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$49,667 - $87,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$21.57 - $36.41  
   
Overtime
$24.45 - $43.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.01 - $6,082  
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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$49,667 - $87,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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


URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Arcadis, Inc., and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Water Resources Engineers. HDR, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $67K.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Survey results imply that Water Resources Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, Hydraulic Modeling, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD. The majority of those 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.


For many Water Resources Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $70K. For Water Resources Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Water Resources Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Water Resources Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Water Resources Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+12 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Sacramento (+8 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (7 percent lower) and Orlando (6 percent lower).

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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 13%

Hydraulic Modeling
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Data Modeling
0%

National Average
$61,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 78 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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