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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Hydrologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$50,900
25th Percentile Wage
$63,030
50th Percentile Wage
$79,990
75th Percentile Wage
$101,020
90th Percentile Wage
$122,870

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 $122,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $50,900. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 141% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of hydrologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$79,990
-0.61% 5.58%
2016
$80,480
1.16% -
2015
$79,550
1.48% -
2014
$78,370
3.39% -
2013
$75,710
0.24% -
2012
$75,530
- -

Table 2. Hydrologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of hydrologists in 8 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 educational services sector (annual salary $67,390).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$117,890
Utilities
$91,420
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,390
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$86,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$81,520
Federal, State, and Local Government
$76,970
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$74,870
Educational Services
$67,390

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 $51,860 to $101,230. The highest paying state for hydrologists is California with a median annual salary of $101,230. The lowest paying state is Nebraska with a median annual salary of $51,860. For more salary information of hydrologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$101,230
New Jersey
$99,070
Massachusetts
$98,040
Maryland
$97,900
Georgia
$97,600
Tennessee
$93,820
Connecticut
$92,350
Virginia
$90,340
New Hampshire
$89,460
Colorado
$89,350
Nevada
$89,030
Illinois
$89,000
Oklahoma
$86,610
Florida
$86,600
Alaska
$86,480
Vermont
$85,730
Delaware
$85,280
Indiana
$84,780
Washington
$84,100
Pennsylvania
$81,900
New York
$78,790
Ohio
$78,390
Oregon
$78,270
Michigan
$77,970
Louisiana
$77,080
Minnesota
$76,960
New Mexico
$74,760
Utah
$72,250
Montana
$72,170
Texas
$71,870
South Dakota
$71,110
Missouri
$71,110
Arizona
$67,760
Maine
$66,920
Idaho
$66,240
North Dakota
$62,930
Wyoming
$62,230
Wisconsin
$61,520
North Carolina
$60,240
South Carolina
$54,760
Nebraska
$51,860



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