Hydrologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of hydrologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of hydrologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The hydrologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Hydrologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,600
25th Percentile Wage
$63,190
50th Percentile Wage
$80,480
75th Percentile Wage
$100,190
90th Percentile Wage
$120,100

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for hydrologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) hydrologists is $120,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $80,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,600. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 137% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of hydrologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201680,4801.16%6.15%
201579,5501.48%-
201478,3703.39%-
201375,7100.24%-
201275,530--

Table 2. Hydrologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of hydrologists in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for hydrologists occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $117,890. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $74,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$117,890
Utilities
$91,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,330
Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,930
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$74,870

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Hydrologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only hydrologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of hydrologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $50,400 to $108,610. The highest paying state for hydrologists is California with a median annual salary of $108,610. The lowest paying state is Nebraska with a median annual salary of $50,400. For more salary information of hydrologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$108,610
Maryland
$101,370
Massachusetts
$101,050
Georgia
$96,540
Virginia
$95,210
Connecticut
$94,060
Colorado
$93,280
Nevada
$89,790
Florida
$88,540
New Hampshire
$86,130
Tennessee
$85,820
Illinois
$85,210
Oklahoma
$85,210
Alaska
$84,290
Indiana
$83,530
Oregon
$82,410
Washington
$82,170
Pennsylvania
$81,900
Michigan
$80,270
New Jersey
$79,200
New York
$78,280
Ohio
$78,260
New Mexico
$75,770
Minnesota
$74,820
Louisiana
$72,710
Arizona
$71,840
Maine
$71,690
Texas
$71,330
Idaho
$71,190
South Dakota
$71,110
Missouri
$71,110
Wyoming
$71,010
Utah
$69,140
Montana
$68,930
North Dakota
$62,190
Wisconsin
$61,190
North Carolina
$60,060
South Carolina
$56,850
Nebraska
$50,400


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