Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
6,300 3.7 % $40.26 $83,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.33 $30.38 $38.69 $48.17 $57.74
Annual Wage (2) $50,600 $63,190 $80,480 $100,190 $120,100


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) 1,790 0.09 $41.13 $85,550
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,300 0.10 $43.54 $90,550
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.68 $65,900
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.08 $45.07 $93,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $38.54 $80,160

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 1,300 0.10 $43.54 $90,550
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,790 0.09 $41.13 $85,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.08 $45.07 $93,740
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.68 $65,900
Local Government (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $38.54 $80,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,100 0.08 $45.07 $93,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,300 0.10 $43.54 $90,550
Scientific Research and Development Services 90 0.01 $43.51 $90,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,790 0.09 $41.13 $85,550
Local Government (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $38.54 $80,160


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 0.05 1.02 $52.02 $108,200
Colorado 410 0.16 3.68 $46.57 $96,870
Washington 370 0.12 2.72 $42.15 $87,680
Minnesota 350 0.12 2.74 $35.85 $74,570
Texas 340 0.03 0.65 $36.43 $75,780




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)
Montana 140 0.31 6.84 $32.50 $67,610
Idaho 190 0.29 6.48 $35.13 $73,060
New Mexico 150 0.19 4.17 $39.11 $81,350
Alaska 60 0.18 4.10 $43.31 $90,080
Colorado 410 0.16 3.68 $46.57 $96,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 730 0.05 1.02 $52.02 $108,200
Nevada 140 0.11 2.47 $49.87 $103,720
Virginia 70 0.02 0.39 $48.56 $101,000
Maryland 50 0.02 0.46 $48.11 $100,080
Colorado 410 0.16 3.68 $46.57 $96,870





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 0.18 4.11 $48.01 $99,850
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.13 2.95 $36.39 $75,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 170 0.11 2.37 $44.43 $92,410
Columbus, OH 150 0.14 3.17 $38.69 $80,460
Austin-Round Rock, TX 140 0.14 3.23 $31.27 $65,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 130 0.07 1.45 $34.64 $72,040
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 120 0.11 2.43 $44.45 $92,470
Raleigh, NC 120 0.21 4.63 $31.95 $66,460
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.32 7.15 $39.91 $83,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 120 0.13 2.93 $47.70 $99,230




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 50 0.53 11.84 $37.64 $78,300
Champaign-Urbana, IL 40 0.38 8.55 $41.46 $86,240
Boise City, ID 100 0.35 7.69 $35.14 $73,090
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.32 7.15 $39.91 $83,010
Tucson, AZ 110 0.31 6.80 $35.01 $72,830
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.31 6.91 $46.71 $97,150
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 6.26 $46.48 $96,680
Lincoln, NE 50 0.27 6.06 $32.10 $66,760
Raleigh, NC 120 0.21 4.63 $31.95 $66,460
Columbia, SC 80 0.21 4.71 $27.74 $57,710




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.34 $52.42 $109,040
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 1.05 $48.05 $99,940
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 260 0.18 4.11 $48.01 $99,850
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 120 0.13 2.93 $47.70 $99,230
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.31 6.91 $46.71 $97,150
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.06 1.39 $46.64 $97,020
Anchorage, AK 40 0.20 4.51 $46.54 $96,790
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 6.26 $46.48 $96,680
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $46.15 $96,000
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 1.67 $45.29 $94,210

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 80 0.59 13.24 $33.85 $70,410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 4.18 $32.22 $67,010

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 80 0.59 13.24 $33.85 $70,410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 4.18 $32.22 $67,010

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.59 13.24 $33.85 $70,410
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 4.18 $32.22 $67,010


About May 2016 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.

(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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017