Water Resources Engineer Salary

Water Resources Engineers in the United States take home an average $63K per year. In the world of Water Resources Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $51K and $91K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Water Resources Engineers are male. The majority of Water Resources Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$51,381 - $94,715
$51K
$64K
$95K
MEDIAN: $63,702
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$24.19 - $40.10
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$0$94K
Salary $51,381 - $94,715
Bonus $0.00 - $5,523
Profit Sharing $509 - $15,205
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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$51,672 - $94,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 416
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $24.19 - $40.10
Overtime $25.94 - $48.12
Annual Data $0$94K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,523
Profit Sharing $509 - $15,205
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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$51,672 - $94,245
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 75

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

  • Conduct hydrologic and/or hydraulic analyses to collect data and assess sites.
  • Write reports and correspondence, including tracking costs and schedules.
  • Design, amend and update plans and drawings according to collected data.
  • Facilitate project management and communication across team members.
  • Model, design and map proposed and current sites and projects.

Water Resources Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Water Resources Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Water Resources Engineers, URS Corporation Inc., Aecom Corporation, HDR, Inc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and CH2M Hill are leading firms in the industry. Water Resources Engineers in search of the best pay head to Aecom Corporation, where the median salary rolls in at $72K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $95K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $55K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include CH2M Hill, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and HDR, Inc., where Water Resources Engineers typically earn around $70K, $65K, or $64K, respectively.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $50K to just $87K — but Tetra Tech, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $56K. Workers at Parsons Brinkerhoff, Otak, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $57K, $59K, and $60K respectively.

Popular Skills for Water Resources Engineer


Survey results imply that Water Resources Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, ArcGIS, Data Analysis, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Office, Microstation, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Data Modeling.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Resources Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Water Resources Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Water Resources Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 362 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Water Resources Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Water Resources Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 65 salaries. A Water Resources Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,330

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

Water Resources Engineers will find that Sacramento offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. Water Resources Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Charlotte (+7 percent), Washington (+6 percent), Denver (+3 percent), and Fort Collins (+3 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Colorado Springs (11 percent less) and Tampa (8 percent less).

Water Resources Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Water Resources Engineer

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Water Resources Engineer Salaries

▲48%

▲34%

▲10%

National Average
$64,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Water Resources Engineer Salaries


ArcGIS
▲11%

Data Analysis
▲9%

Environmental Consulting
▲5%

National Average
$64,000



Data Modeling
▼2%


Hydraulic Modeling
▼3%


▼8%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼9%

Microstation
▼10%

Microsoft Office
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 8%