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Hydrologists Pay Salary

The median annual wage of hydrologists was $75,690 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,280, and the top 10 percent more than $112,490.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of hydrologists in May 2010 were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service$84,540
Management, scientific, and technical consulting services       77,850
Architectural, engineering, and related services       77,750
Local government, excluding education and hospitals       68,600
State government, excluding education and hospitals       61,830

Most hydrologists work full time. However, the length of daily shifts may vary when hydrologists are doing field work.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition