Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
6,540 3.2 % $38.11 $79,260 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.58 $29.43 $36.40 $45.34 $54.36
Annual Wage (2) $49,040 $61,220 $75,710 $94,300 $113,070


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) 1,880 0.09 $40.19 $83,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,580 0.14 $40.01 $83,220
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $30.67 $63,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.08 $40.80 $84,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 550 0.01 $33.36 $69,400

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 1,580 0.14 $40.01 $83,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,880 0.09 $40.19 $83,590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.08 $40.80 $84,870
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $30.67 $63,790
Local Government (OES Designation) 550 0.01 $33.36 $69,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $43.48 $90,440
Social Advocacy Organizations (8) (8) $40.87 $85,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,070 0.08 $40.80 $84,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,880 0.09 $40.19 $83,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,580 0.14 $40.01 $83,220


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 710 0.05 0.98 $42.67 $88,760
Washington 430 0.15 3.07 $41.98 $87,310
Colorado 410 0.18 3.62 $44.09 $91,710
Florida 370 0.05 1.00 $37.57 $78,150
Arizona 360 0.15 2.97 $32.35 $67,280




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 6.35 $37.80 $78,620
Idaho 170 0.28 5.72 $31.23 $64,960
New Mexico 170 0.21 4.28 $35.98 $74,840
Wyoming 50 0.19 3.88 $33.82 $70,340
Nevada 210 0.18 3.64 $43.85 $91,210




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 120 0.03 0.63 $45.15 $93,920
New Hampshire 90 0.14 2.79 $45.00 $93,610
Colorado 410 0.18 3.62 $44.09 $91,710
Nevada 210 0.18 3.64 $43.85 $91,210
Massachusetts 110 0.03 0.66 $43.42 $90,310





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 240 0.19 3.88 $46.69 $97,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.13 2.71 $33.60 $69,880
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 210 0.24 4.97 $40.97 $85,210
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 2.83 $45.42 $94,480
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 180 0.10 2.07 $33.20 $69,060
Columbus, OH 150 0.16 3.28 $34.12 $70,960
Tucson, AZ 140 0.40 8.05 $31.34 $65,200
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 130 0.15 3.06 $31.36 $65,220
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.47 $42.85 $89,130
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 120 0.11 2.19 $40.67 $84,600




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)
Missoula, MT 40 0.70 14.15 $42.60 $88,610
Bismarck, ND 40 0.55 11.11 $35.01 $72,830
Tucson, AZ 140 0.40 8.05 $31.34 $65,200
Reno-Sparks, NV 70 0.35 7.12 $42.44 $88,280
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 30 0.33 6.61 $42.83 $89,080
Boise City-Nampa, ID 80 0.31 6.38 $32.27 $67,130
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 40 0.29 5.87 $37.46 $77,920
Albuquerque, NM 110 0.29 5.91 $37.45 $77,900
Boulder, CO 40 0.27 5.46 $50.22 $104,470
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 50 0.25 5.13 $43.22 $89,900




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 0.93 $50.96 $105,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.15 $50.71 $105,480
Boulder, CO 40 0.27 5.46 $50.22 $104,470
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 100 0.12 2.34 $47.45 $98,700
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 240 0.19 3.88 $46.69 $97,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 110 0.05 0.95 $46.19 $96,080
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 200 0.14 2.83 $45.42 $94,480
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 70 0.03 0.54 $44.84 $93,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 50 0.02 0.45 $44.10 $91,720
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 100 0.08 1.63 $43.79 $91,080

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)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 12.47 $47.04 $97,840
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.92 $33.72 $70,130
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 5.81 $36.73 $76,390

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)
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 12.47 $47.04 $97,840
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.92 $33.72 $70,130
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 5.81 $36.73 $76,390

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 12.47 $47.04 $97,840
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 5.81 $36.73 $76,390
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.44 8.92 $33.72 $70,130


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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