Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
6,580 3.5 % $39.39 $81,930 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.08 $30.05 $37.68 $46.61 $56.34
Annual Wage (2) $50,090 $62,490 $78,370 $96,950 $117,190


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) 1,800 0.09 $40.57 $84,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,530 0.13 $40.91 $85,090
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,210 0.09 $43.53 $90,550
State Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.05 $31.73 $66,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $34.29 $71,330

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 1,530 0.13 $40.91 $85,090
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,800 0.09 $40.57 $84,380
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,210 0.09 $43.53 $90,550
State Government (OES Designation) 1,120 0.05 $31.73 $66,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 560 0.01 $34.29 $71,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $47.39 $98,560
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $45.32 $94,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,210 0.09 $43.53 $90,550
Water, Sewage and Other Systems (8) (8) $41.80 $86,940
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,530 0.13 $40.91 $85,090


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 750 0.05 1.02 $46.84 $97,430
Colorado 400 0.17 3.50 $46.25 $96,210
Arizona 380 0.15 3.08 $34.00 $70,730
Florida 370 0.05 0.99 $38.87 $80,850
Texas 350 0.03 0.64 $36.36 $75,620




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 180 0.29 6.02 $34.66 $72,080
Montana 110 0.25 5.12 $32.40 $67,390
New Mexico 160 0.21 4.25 $38.08 $79,200
Wyoming 50 0.19 3.86 $35.42 $73,660
Nevada 200 0.17 3.50 $45.36 $94,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 750 0.05 1.02 $46.84 $97,430
Virginia 90 0.02 0.50 $46.72 $97,180
Massachusetts 60 0.02 0.38 $46.40 $96,520
Colorado 400 0.17 3.50 $46.25 $96,210
Nevada 200 0.17 3.50 $45.36 $94,350





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)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 240 0.13 2.69 $36.14 $75,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 230 0.13 2.58 $34.99 $72,770
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 220 0.17 3.44 $49.19 $102,320
Columbus, OH 170 0.17 3.55 $35.94 $74,760
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 160 0.18 3.80 $41.49 $86,290
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 150 0.17 3.44 $30.92 $64,320
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 2.01 $48.58 $101,040
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.53 $43.79 $91,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 1.08 $46.82 $97,390
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.33 6.81 $38.92 $80,960




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, WA 50 0.51 10.44 $36.26 $75,420
Reno-Sparks, NV 70 0.37 7.55 $43.67 $90,830
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 40 0.36 7.38 $43.10 $89,660
Boise City-Nampa, ID 100 0.34 7.00 $34.00 $70,720
Boulder, CO 60 0.33 6.78 $52.73 $109,680
Albuquerque, NM 120 0.33 6.81 $38.92 $80,960
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 50 0.32 6.64 $38.43 $79,940
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 60 0.27 5.65 $44.56 $92,670
Columbia, SC 80 0.22 4.62 $27.24 $56,660
Madison, WI 70 0.21 4.34 $30.89 $64,260




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-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 1.27 $54.04 $112,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.05 1.08 $53.88 $112,080
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $53.51 $111,300
Boulder, CO 60 0.33 6.78 $52.73 $109,680
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 220 0.17 3.44 $49.19 $102,320
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.07 1.36 $48.93 $101,780
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 90 0.10 2.14 $48.62 $101,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 2.01 $48.58 $101,040
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 1.18 $47.20 $98,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.05 1.08 $46.82 $97,390

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 60 0.49 10.14 $34.60 $71,970
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.29 $36.45 $75,810
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 7.99 $37.20 $77,380
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 4.03 $30.28 $62,990

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 60 0.49 10.14 $34.60 $71,970
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 7.99 $37.20 $77,380
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.29 $36.45 $75,810
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 4.03 $30.28 $62,990

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 40 0.39 7.99 $37.20 $77,380
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 6.29 $36.45 $75,810
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.49 10.14 $34.60 $71,970
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 4.03 $30.28 $62,990


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015