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The Highest Paying Jobs in the Water Sector

In the ever-evolving landscape of the water sector, opportunities for engineers are as diverse as the water sources they safeguard. We're thrilled to shed light on some of the sector's highest paying roles that not only offer attractive compensation but also drive essential water infrastructure development and environmental stewardship. If you're ready to take the next step in your water engineering career, explore our water jobs to find exciting opportunities that match your expertise.

Water Resources Manager: 

Navigating the delicate balance of water distribution and conservation, Water Resources Managers stand at the forefront of ensuring sustainable water usage. Earning between £45,000 to £70,000 annually, these professionals exemplify our commitment to responsible water management. Contractors in this role can command daily rates averaging between £300 to £600, reflecting the value of their expertise.


Hydrologists, with their meticulous study of water's ebb and flow, play a pivotal role in shaping water policies. Their annual compensation of £35,000 to £55,000 mirrors their indispensable contribution. Contractors who delve into hydrology can harness daily rates averaging £250 to £500, reinforcing the significance of their analytical skills.

Environmental Engineer: 

Guiding the transformation of water challenges into sustainable solutions, Environmental Engineers showcase the union of innovation and preservation. Their annual earnings of £40,000 to £65,000 reflect their dedication to both ecological health and their professional growth. Contractors specialising in environmental engineering can secure daily rates ranging from £300 to £600, a testament to the value they bring.

Water Quality Analyst: 

Ensuring that water quality adheres to rigorous standards, Water Quality Analysts hold a crucial role in safeguarding communities' health. With an annual compensation of £30,000 to £50,000, these experts demonstrate their commitment to clean water access. Contractors adept in water quality analysis can earn daily rates averaging between £200 to £400, recognising their role in maintaining water integrity.

Engineering Project Manager: 

Steering water-related projects with precision, Engineering Project Managers exemplify the fusion of leadership and technical prowess. Earning between £50,000 to £80,000 annually, they embody Matchtech's dedication to project excellence. Contractors skilled in project management can expect daily rates ranging from £400 to £800, a nod to their orchestration of seamless project execution.

Water Treatment Plant Manager: 

At the heart of ensuring water safety, Water Treatment Plant Managers are the guardians of our drinking water supply. Their annual remuneration of £40,000 to £65,000 underscores the gravity of their responsibility. Contractors well-versed in water treatment plant management can earn daily rates averaging from £300 to £600, acknowledging their critical role in public health.

Civil/Environmental Engineer: 

Designing the infrastructure that channels water's journey, Civil and Environmental Engineers bridge imagination and utility. With annual earnings ranging from £35,000 to £60,000, they symbolise the art of engineering and resource optimisation. Contractors with civil and environmental engineering prowess can garner daily rates between £250 to £500, reflecting the innovation they contribute.

The water sector's highest paying roles aren't just about financial reward; they represent a commitment to shaping a sustainable water future. These professionals, both permanent and contract, drive advancements that echo our responsibility to the environment and society.

Explore Opportunities in the Water Sector: Ready to contribute your expertise to the world of water engineering? Visit Matchtech's water jobs page to discover exciting roles that align with your passion and skills.