Salary for Water Resource Specialists

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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 salaries somewhere between $71,400 - $208,000 based on education and experience. will normally receive salaries of one hundred and fifty-four thousand nine hundred and thirty dollars per year.

have the highest pay levels in New Jersey, where they earn compensation, on average, of close to about $202,870. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Wholesale Trade, which has job pay of $182,990.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 74.22 percent nationwide in that time.


Water Resource Specialists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Public Administration
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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