|Quick Facts: Hydrologists|
$85,990 per year
$41.34 per hour
|1% (Little or no change)|
Hydrologists study how water moves across and through the Earth’s crust.
Hydrologists work in offices and in the field. In offices, hydrologists spend much of their time using computers to analyze data and model their findings. In the field, hydrologists may have to wade into lakes and streams to collect samples or to read and inspect monitoring equipment.
Hydrologists typically need a bachelor’s degree for entry-level jobs; however, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree.
The median annual wage for hydrologists was $85,990 in May 2022.
Employment of hydrologists is projected to show little or no change from 2022 to 2032.
Despite limited employment growth, about 500 openings for hydrologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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