Salary for Water Resource Specialists

Also known as:  Agricultural Research Director, Geochemical Manager, Geophysical Manager, Ocean Program Administrator

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Water resource specialists are skilled scientists who focus on the sanitation, delivery, and disposal of water resources for the individuals, corporate entities, and government bodies. They are required to maintain a working knowledge of water-related regulations, and frequently use specialized equipment to test water quality, the level of contaminants, and the presence of dissolved solids in the water supply. Water resource specialists may also conduct studies on pollutants and water treatment methods, use hydraulic and hydrologic models to study water quality, and review or evaluate the design of water and wastewater treatment facilities. Individuals in this profession are detail-oriented, clear communicators who can package scientific information in a way that the general public can easily understand. The education level required for this position is a Bachelor's degree in Hydrology, Chemistry, Wastewater Management or a related discipline, although nearly half of all water resource specialists have Master's degrees in related areas.

A Water Resource Specialist earns an average salary between 112000 - 168000 based on levels of tenure. Water Resource Specialists earn average salaries of One Hundred Forty Three Thousand Four Hundred dollars every year.

Water Resource Specialists have the highest salaries in Pennsylvania, which has average pay scales of close to $178420. People in this job function receive the highest pay in Finance and Insurance, where they get normal pay levels of $167060.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 49.61 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Water Resource Specialists tend to make the most in the following industries
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $167,060
Finance and Insurance $165,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises $159,180
Manufacturing $147,050
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $145,840
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $145,270
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $89,090
Health Care and Social Assistance $93,860
Other Services (except Public Administration) $95,500
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $100,610
Public Administration $102,140
Information $113,270
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