Salary for Hydrologists

Also known as:  Hydrogeologist, Hydrologist, Isotope Hydrologist, Surface Hydrologist

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The study of the water cycle is the primary focus of a hydrologist's career. These professionals conduct hydrologic studies, measure water levels, melt rates, and flow patterns, and investigate the origins, properties, and behavior of frozen water phenomena. They may make recommendations regarding the location and design of municipal water facilities and hydroelectric dams or power stations. Additionally, these professionals may interact directly with the public to address water-related concerns, and may conduct research on the environmental impact of human-influenced factors such as disease, pollution, erosion and sedimentation, and provide recommendations based on their findings. Bachelor's degrees are required in this occupation, and many hydrologists also have Master's degrees.

A Hydrologist will normally get salaries ranging from $52,900 and $130,030 depending on tenure and industry expertise. will most likely receive a wage of ninety thousand one hundred and fifty dollars per year.

receive the highest salary in New Jersey, where they can earn average pay scales of close to about $120,140. People working these jobs can get the best compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they earn salary pay of $103,740.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 60.27 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Hydrologists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
$111,780
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$103,740
Public Administration
$82,830
Utilities
$77,640
Educational Services
$72,530

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$72,530
Utilities
$77,640
Public Administration
$82,830
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$103,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$111,780