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Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $62K annually on average. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Water Resources Engineers spread between $50K and $88K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Water Resources Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 68 percent of Water Resources Engineers are male. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,700 - $88,542
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$50K
$62K
$89K
MEDIAN: $61,548
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$21.53 - $36.45
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$49,700 - $88,542  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
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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$49,563 - $88,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 382
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$21.53 - $36.45  
   
Overtime
$24.42 - $43.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,990  
   
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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$49,563 - $88,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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


URS Corporation Inc., HDR, Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff, Arcadis, Inc., and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Water Resources Engineers. For Water Resources Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at HDR, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $67K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Water Resources Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Hydraulic Modeling, Engineering Design, 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.


Water Resources Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $71K. Water Resources Engineers bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $98K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Water Resources Engineers that is 31 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 Denver (+13 percent), Portland (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Sacramento (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Colorado Springs and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, 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)
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AutoCAD
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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
44%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%
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