Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $56K annually. Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $81K per year. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $98K annually.
Chemists are the best paid with the average salary hovering at $110K per year; Environmental Scientists, Environmental Protection Specialists, and Biologists also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $96K, about $93K, and $81K, respectively. Research Scientists at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($58K on average) at the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $98K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Raleigh, N.C. (about $93K), Atlanta, Ga. (approximately $87K), and Durham, N.C. ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $71K, Cincinnati, Ohio is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers in Washington earn the most — $122K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to $97K annually for Licensed Professional Geologists, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Becoming a HAZWOPER Certification - 40 Hour can certainly pay off here; those folks make $96K on average. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compensates Doctorate (PhD)-holders the most at around $102K per year.
The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Regulatory Compliance; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of about $100K annually. A garden variety skill at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is Project Management; close to a third of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's people use it regularly. Key skills also include Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Research Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
The company pays out both vacation time and sick leave for only 43 percent. A majority of survey participants save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Most workers have health insurance, and benefits for a majority of respondents also include dental insurance. Other privileges include a casual working environment, flexible hours, optional telecommute / work from home, and life insurance.