Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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 3.6 % $40.11 $83,440 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.24 $30.09 $38.24 $48.03 $57.87
Annual Wage (2) $50,410 $62,590 $79,550 $99,900 $120,370


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) 1,780 0.09 $40.87 $85,010
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,470 0.12 $43.04 $89,520
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,290 0.09 $44.87 $93,330
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.96 $66,470
Local Government (OES Designation) 540 0.01 $35.51 $73,870

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 90 0.18 $42.65 $88,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,470 0.12 $43.04 $89,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,780 0.09 $40.87 $85,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,290 0.09 $44.87 $93,330
State Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.06 $31.96 $66,470

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 1,290 0.09 $44.87 $93,330
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $44.41 $92,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,470 0.12 $43.04 $89,520
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 90 0.18 $42.65 $88,710
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,780 0.09 $40.87 $85,010


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 780 0.05 1.05 $50.85 $105,770
Washington 410 0.14 2.88 $44.71 $92,990
Colorado 390 0.16 3.32 $48.86 $101,630
Minnesota 340 0.12 2.61 $35.89 $74,650
Texas 340 0.03 0.62 $36.57 $76,070




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 6.01 $34.37 $71,500
Montana 130 0.28 5.96 $32.25 $67,090
New Mexico 170 0.22 4.55 $38.28 $79,610
Alaska 60 0.18 3.80 $45.42 $94,470
Wyoming 50 0.17 3.66 $33.95 $70,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 780 0.05 1.05 $50.85 $105,770
Nevada 200 0.16 3.42 $49.12 $102,180
Colorado 390 0.16 3.32 $48.86 $101,630
Virginia 70 0.02 0.42 $47.34 $98,470
Alaska 60 0.18 3.80 $45.42 $94,470





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 250 0.13 2.77 $36.79 $76,530
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 220 0.16 3.40 $50.47 $104,970
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 200 0.10 2.18 $34.45 $71,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 2.52 $49.89 $103,760
Columbus, OH 160 0.16 3.42 $36.29 $75,480
Austin-Round Rock, TX 160 0.17 3.60 $32.43 $67,450
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.37 7.71 $38.76 $80,630
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 2.48 $44.64 $92,840
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 120 0.10 2.11 $41.99 $87,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 1.01 $47.10 $97,970




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 0.54 11.25 $36.57 $76,060
Grand Junction, CO 30 0.52 10.99 $42.52 $88,430
Albuquerque, NM 140 0.37 7.71 $38.76 $80,630
Reno, NV 70 0.36 7.52 $43.97 $91,450
Lincoln, NE 60 0.34 7.12 $30.18 $62,780
Boise City, ID 90 0.33 6.86 $33.99 $70,710
Kennewick-Richland, WA 30 0.30 6.31 $44.44 $92,440
Tucson, AZ 100 0.29 6.08 $34.30 $71,350
Trenton, NJ 60 0.28 5.77 $45.49 $94,620
Boulder, CO 40 0.25 5.33 $54.48 $113,310




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-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.82 $59.12 $122,960
Boulder, CO 40 0.25 5.33 $54.48 $113,310
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 1.26 $52.00 $108,160
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 220 0.16 3.40 $50.47 $104,970
Anchorage, AK 30 0.18 3.81 $50.12 $104,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 180 0.12 2.52 $49.89 $103,760
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 90 0.10 2.02 $49.59 $103,150
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40 0.01 0.30 $48.64 $101,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 120 0.05 1.01 $47.10 $97,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 30 0.01 0.29 $46.58 $96,880

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 70 0.51 10.64 $34.35 $71,450
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 3.89 $31.60 $65,730

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 70 0.51 10.64 $34.35 $71,450
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 3.89 $31.60 $65,730

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 70 0.51 10.64 $34.35 $71,450
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 3.89 $31.60 $65,730
Northwest Nebraska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.15 $39,820


About May 2015 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016