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 usually receives an average pay level in a range of 64000 to 96000 depending on the level of education. Hydrologists usually receive a pay level of Eighty Two Thousand One Hundred dollars each year.

Hydrologists obtain the highest salaries in Virginia, which has normal pay levels of approximating $131670. These professionals have the best average compensation in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they earn an average salary rate of $89350.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.03 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Hydrologists tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $89,350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,680
Public Administration $76,610
Educational Services $74,730
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $74,730
Public Administration $76,610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $81,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises $89,350
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