Average Salary for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Employees

Compensation for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees is around $87K per year on average. Your job title influences pay for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers the most, followed by your experience level and geography. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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United States Government, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Senior Environmental Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $138K annually; Environmental Scientists come in second with average earnings amounting to approximately $101K, while Mechanical Engineers and Environmental Protection Specialists rank near the top as well (about $93K and $86K, respectively). On the lower end are Environmental Project Managers at $78K on average.

Years of Experience

Average pay is $85K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $64K annually on average. The largest slice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workforce (29 percent) has been working for 20 years or more and earns, on average, $119K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $98K annually) can be spotted in Arlington, Va.; Washington, DC ($97K), Durham, N.C. (around $86K), and Seattle, Wash. (approximately $85K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $65K, Raleigh, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees make the most in District of Columbia, earning $97K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Professional Engineer License Holders earn around $139K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Professional Engineers with credentials; these people earn $113K per year on average. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pays those with a Bachelor's Degree the most — approximately $88K.


In this position, it pays to have Legal Document Review in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of $120K annually. One of the more prevalent skills at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is Project Management, with just under one in three considering it a key competency. Key skills also include Environmental Compliance, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

When it comes to employee benefits, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has room for improvement — only 43 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. Workers who save for retirement get lots of help because the company offers a number of savings programs including a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. A large number of workers have health insurance, and benefits for around half also include dental insurance. Perks also include a casual working environment, flexible hours, a defined benefit retirement plan, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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$40,000 - $101,900
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
$68,784 - $127,171

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