Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
6,880 3.0 % $37.94 $78,920 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.29 $28.90 $36.31 $45.18 $54.25
Annual Wage (2) $48,450 $60,100 $75,530 $93,970 $112,840


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) 1,960 0.10 $39.95 $83,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,460 0.13 $39.04 $81,210
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,320 0.10 $40.40 $84,030
State Government (OES Designation) 1,200 0.05 $31.64 $65,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 550 0.01 $33.71 $70,120

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 1,460 0.13 $39.04 $81,210
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,960 0.10 $39.95 $83,100
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,320 0.10 $40.40 $84,030
State Government (OES Designation) 1,200 0.05 $31.64 $65,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $35.92 $74,710

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) $41.62 $86,570
Social Advocacy Organizations (8) (8) $40.58 $84,410
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,320 0.10 $40.40 $84,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,960 0.10 $39.95 $83,100
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,460 0.13 $39.04 $81,210


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 960 0.07 1.27 $43.88 $91,270
Florida 360 0.05 0.95 $37.11 $77,200
Washington 360 0.13 2.49 $40.09 $83,400
Texas 360 0.03 0.64 $35.41 $73,660
Colorado 340 0.15 2.90 $41.41 $86,120




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 190 0.45 8.48 $36.14 $75,180
Idaho 200 0.33 6.28 $31.80 $66,140
New Mexico 170 0.22 4.11 $36.13 $75,140
Wyoming 50 0.19 3.56 $31.19 $64,870
Nevada 210 0.19 3.61 $41.12 $85,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Hampshire 80 0.13 2.52 $44.63 $92,830
Virginia 160 0.05 0.85 $44.62 $92,810
California 960 0.07 1.27 $43.88 $91,270
New Jersey 190 0.05 0.95 $42.80 $89,030
Massachusetts 150 0.05 0.89 $42.25 $87,890





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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.29 5.52 $43.99 $91,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 220 0.12 2.35 $34.34 $71,420
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 180 0.15 2.76 $43.71 $90,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 180 0.14 2.66 $45.50 $94,640
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.11 2.04 $43.32 $90,100
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 150 0.09 1.64 $31.00 $64,480
Tucson, AZ 140 0.41 7.79 $31.21 $64,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 1.13 $46.38 $96,480
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 2.62 $43.55 $90,590
Columbus, OH 130 0.14 2.67 $34.70 $72,180




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)
Boise City-Nampa, ID 110 0.43 8.11 $34.10 $70,920
Tucson, AZ 140 0.41 7.79 $31.21 $64,910
Reno-Sparks, NV 70 0.40 7.53 $38.97 $81,060
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 30 0.33 6.33 $40.20 $83,620
Albuquerque, NM 110 0.30 5.75 $38.17 $79,400
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.29 5.52 $43.99 $91,500
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 40 0.29 5.41 $37.64 $78,300
Tallahassee, FL 40 0.28 5.23 $28.45 $59,180
Boulder, CO 40 0.28 5.25 $46.59 $96,910
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 50 0.25 4.65 $43.04 $89,520




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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $49.08 $102,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.09 1.70 $48.03 $99,900
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.88 $47.49 $98,780
Boulder, CO 40 0.28 5.25 $46.59 $96,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 140 0.06 1.13 $46.38 $96,480
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 180 0.14 2.66 $45.50 $94,640
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 90 0.08 1.49 $44.33 $92,200
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 240 0.29 5.52 $43.99 $91,500
Raleigh-Cary, NC 50 0.09 1.70 $43.93 $91,380
Missoula, MT (8) (8) (8) $43.84 $91,190

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 0.84 15.90 $34.40 $71,550
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 11.61 $46.07 $95,830
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 5.87 $38.10 $79,240

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 0.84 15.90 $34.40 $71,550
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 11.61 $46.07 $95,830
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 5.87 $38.10 $79,240

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 0.61 11.61 $46.07 $95,830
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 5.87 $38.10 $79,240
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.10 $75,080
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 15.90 $34.40 $71,550


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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