Water Resources Engineer Salary

Median pay for Water Resources Engineers in the United States is around $61K annually. In the world of Water Resources Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $50K and $85K. While geography and the specific company impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Water Resources Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Water Resources Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$49,900 - $85,185
(Median)
$50K
$61K
$85K
MEDIAN: $61,069
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$22.93 - $36.93
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$23
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$37
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,900 - $85,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
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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$50,150 - $85,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 504
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$22.93 - $36.93  
   
Overtime
$25.01 - $42.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $7,149  
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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$50,150 - $85,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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


Water Resources Engineers flock to URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Pay for Water Resources Engineers is best at HDR, Inc., which offers a median salary of $64K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $55K to $84K. Tetra Tech, Inc., Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Water Resources Engineers earning around $64K, $62K, or $61K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Parsons Brinkerhoff ($57K), Otak, Inc. ($59K), and URS Corporation Inc. ($60K).

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 14 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microstation and AutoCAD. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $58K, 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 $84K. 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 $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,453

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Water Resources Engineers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+20 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Atlanta and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Water Resources Engineer Reviews

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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Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 22%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Hydraulic Modeling
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

National Average
$61,000

Data Modeling
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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