Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
6,960 2.8 % $38.01 $79,070 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.50 $28.62 $36.39 $45.34 $54.27
Annual Wage (2) $48,890 $59,540 $75,680 $94,300 $112,890


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) 2,020 0.10 $39.63 $82,430
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,530 0.12 $40.62 $84,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,320 0.13 $39.61 $82,390
State Government (OES Designation) 1,260 0.06 $31.79 $66,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 480 0.01 $34.39 $71,530

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 1,320 0.13 $39.61 $82,390
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,530 0.12 $40.62 $84,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,020 0.10 $39.63 $82,430
State Government (OES Designation) 1,260 0.06 $31.79 $66,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 480 0.01 $34.39 $71,530

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 (8) (8) $41.75 $86,830
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,530 0.12 $40.62 $84,490
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,020 0.10 $39.63 $82,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,320 0.13 $39.61 $82,390
Social Advocacy Organizations (8) (8) $39.30 $81,740


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 870 0.06 1.14 $44.33 $92,200
Colorado 460 0.21 3.90 $45.51 $94,670
Washington 440 0.16 3.01 $39.59 $82,340
Texas 380 0.04 0.68 $33.78 $70,270
Florida 330 0.05 0.86 $37.11 $77,180




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 200 0.47 8.66 $35.27 $73,370
Idaho 220 0.37 6.84 $32.40 $67,390
New Mexico 170 0.22 4.01 $34.14 $71,010
Nevada 250 0.22 4.07 $41.57 $86,470
Colorado 460 0.21 3.90 $45.51 $94,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 460 0.21 3.90 $45.51 $94,670
New Hampshire 80 0.13 2.40 $44.79 $93,160
Virginia 160 0.05 0.84 $44.40 $92,350
California 870 0.06 1.14 $44.33 $92,200
New Jersey 150 0.04 0.74 $42.84 $89,110





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-Broomfield, CO 260 0.22 3.98 $47.66 $99,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 230 0.14 2.49 $32.73 $68,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 2.58 $41.61 $86,540
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 190 0.24 4.37 $45.42 $94,470
Columbus, OH 170 0.19 3.53 $35.12 $73,050
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 170 0.21 3.93 $32.28 $67,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.18 $46.00 $95,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 140 0.08 1.54 $31.54 $65,610
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 2.65 $42.26 $87,900
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 140 0.12 2.28 $40.24 $83,700




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)
Idaho Falls, ID 30 0.67 12.32 $32.40 $67,390
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.60 11.11 $40.75 $84,750
Olympia, WA 50 0.58 10.66 $35.76 $74,370
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.56 10.41 $32.22 $67,020
Reno-Sparks, NV 90 0.50 9.19 $41.10 $85,500
Boise City-Nampa, ID 120 0.46 8.55 $33.02 $68,670
Tucson, AZ 130 0.37 6.82 $32.64 $67,890
Boulder, CO 60 0.37 6.85 $45.04 $93,690
Madison, WI 100 0.29 5.35 $32.53 $67,660
Albuquerque, NM 100 0.28 5.24 $35.60 $74,040




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)
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.10 1.79 $49.81 $103,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $48.82 $101,550
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 260 0.22 3.98 $47.66 $99,130
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.04 0.67 $46.26 $96,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 150 0.06 1.18 $46.00 $95,670
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.95 $45.85 $95,370
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 190 0.24 4.37 $45.42 $94,470
Boulder, CO 60 0.37 6.85 $45.04 $93,690
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 1.32 $44.28 $92,090
Raleigh-Cary, NC 50 0.10 1.80 $44.03 $91,590

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 15.09 $33.62 $69,920
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 12.24 $46.07 $95,830

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 15.09 $33.62 $69,920
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 12.24 $46.07 $95,830

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)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.66 12.24 $46.07 $95,830
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.44 $75,800
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 15.09 $33.62 $69,920


About May 2011 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 mean 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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