Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

19-2043 Hydrologists

Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,290 3.4 % $39.81 $82,790 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.47 $29.46 $38.16 $48.12 $59.08
Annual Wage (2) $48,820 $61,280 $79,370 $100,090 $122,890


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $42.29 $87,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,510 0.07 $31.30 $65,110
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,310 0.09 $45.74 $95,130
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 820 0.06 $41.98 $87,330
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 670 0.01 $39.91 $83,010

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,310 0.09 $45.74 $95,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $42.29 $87,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,510 0.07 $31.30 $65,110
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 820 0.06 $41.98 $87,330
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 30 0.02 $44.09 $91,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 30 (7) $51.83 $107,800
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,310 0.09 $45.74 $95,130
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 30 0.02 $44.09 $91,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $42.29 $87,950
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 820 0.06 $41.98 $87,330


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 730 0.04 0.98 $47.63 $99,080
Colorado 500 0.19 4.41 $45.07 $93,750
Washington 380 0.12 2.71 $42.48 $88,370
Minnesota 320 0.11 2.60 $36.11 $75,110
Texas 310 0.03 0.59 $37.62 $78,240




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 290 0.40 9.30 $23.07 $47,990
Montana 170 0.38 8.65 $35.89 $74,660
New Mexico 170 0.21 4.77 $42.62 $88,640
Colorado 500 0.19 4.41 $45.07 $93,750
Alaska 50 0.16 3.78 $42.33 $88,050




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 90 0.02 0.48 $52.84 $109,910
Georgia 70 0.01 0.34 $50.59 $105,230
Maryland 90 0.04 0.81 $48.21 $100,280
California 730 0.04 0.98 $47.63 $99,080
New Hampshire 90 0.13 3.07 $45.92 $95,520





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.17 3.99 $46.93 $97,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.12 2.74 $36.57 $76,060
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 220 0.11 2.61 $43.41 $90,280
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 180 0.18 4.13 $44.87 $93,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 160 0.02 0.38 $41.60 $86,520
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.37 8.43 $44.16 $91,860
Boise City, ID 130 0.42 9.60 $26.61 $55,350
Austin-Round Rock, TX 120 0.12 2.77 $27.78 $57,780
Columbus, OH 120 0.12 2.67 $38.76 $80,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.10 2.36 $43.09 $89,630




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 60 0.53 12.16 $39.78 $82,750
Boise City, ID 130 0.42 9.60 $26.61 $55,350
Champaign-Urbana, IL 40 0.41 9.46 $38.61 $80,300
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.37 8.43 $44.16 $91,860
Salem, OR 60 0.33 7.59 $34.62 $72,000
Boulder, CO 50 0.28 6.51 $63.88 $132,870
Reno, NV 50 0.22 5.06 $42.24 $87,860
Columbia, SC 80 0.22 5.12 $24.82 $51,630
Madison, WI 80 0.20 4.66 $32.82 $68,260
Tucson, AZ 70 0.18 4.07 $33.53 $69,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boulder, CO 50 0.28 6.51 $63.88 $132,870
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 30 0.03 0.64 $58.49 $121,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60 0.02 0.54 $51.00 $106,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 90 0.04 0.85 $50.88 $105,820
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 90 0.06 1.42 $49.37 $102,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 110 0.04 0.83 $47.99 $99,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 70 0.01 0.26 $47.44 $98,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 80 0.03 0.64 $47.07 $97,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 40 0.01 0.28 $46.95 $97,670
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.17 3.99 $46.93 $97,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 18.72 $34.54 $71,850
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 11.96 $43.10 $89,650
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 10.81 $34.36 $71,460
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.93 $35.86 $74,580
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 10.77 $24.49 $50,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 18.72 $34.54 $71,850
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 11.96 $43.10 $89,650
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 10.81 $34.36 $71,460
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 10.77 $24.49 $50,940
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.93 $35.86 $74,580

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 0.52 11.96 $43.10 $89,650
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 4.93 $35.86 $74,580
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.02 $72,850
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 18.72 $34.54 $71,850
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 10.81 $34.36 $71,460


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019