For Water Resources Engineers, higher-than-average salaries are found among very experienced workers, where employees bring in around $102K relative to the national average of $62K annually for others in this line of work. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $60K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $102K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,372 - $87,041
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$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $61,667
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$24.22 - $38.54
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$50,372 - $87,041  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,533  
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $8,726  
Total Pay (?
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$50,718 - $86,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$24.22 - $38.54  
   
Overtime
$25.55 - $45.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$202.73 - $5,533  
   
Profit Sharing
$249.17 - $8,726  
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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$50,718 - $86,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Arcadis, Inc., and CH2M Hill are all popular places to work. With a median salary of $70K, CH2M Hill offers Water Resources Engineers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $50K and are capped at $78K. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Aecom Corporation ($70K), HDR, Inc. ($65K), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. ($65K).

Water Resources Engineers will find the worst pay at Arcadis, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $56K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $69K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Parsons Brinkerhoff at $57K, Tetra Tech, Inc. at $58K, and Otak, Inc., where $59K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Environmental Consulting, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Microstation, and AutoCAD. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,349

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For those looking to make money, Water Resources Engineers in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Water Resources Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+9 percent), Denver (+7 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in Tampa and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 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 64%



National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 18%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 17%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
0%

Data Modeling
0%

Hydraulic Modeling
0%

National Average
$62,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 3%

up arrow 5%

Microstation
up arrow 7%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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