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Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $62K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Water Resources Engineers varies from around $49K to approximately $88K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. The majority of Water Resources Engineers (68 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of Water Resources Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,603 - $87,834
(Median)
$50K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,638
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$21.53 - $37.00
(Median)
$22
$27
$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,603 - $87,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $5,817  
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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$49,463 - $88,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $37.00  
   
Overtime
$24.35 - $43.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.67 - $5,817  
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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$49,463 - $88,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72

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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., Parsons Brinkerhoff, HDR, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. Water Resources Engineers flock to HDR, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $74K lead the pack in compensation.

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, Hydraulic Modeling, Engineering Design, and Data Modeling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Water Resources Engineers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $70K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Water Resources Engineers see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Water Resources Engineers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+19 percent), Denver (+14 percent), Portland (+11 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 15 percent below the national average. Colorado Springs and Raleigh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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


Hydraulic Modeling
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Engineering Design
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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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 6%