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Average Salary for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Employees

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees can expect to earn a comfortable salary, with average pay hovering around $91K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fluctuate depending on how long you've been working; your role at the company and geography also matter, but to a lesser degree. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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How This Employer Pays

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency typically pays:
above market
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Employer: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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United States Government, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Years of Experience

Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make approximately $61K per year on average. Average pay is $89K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for 20 years or more and make about $119K per year on average.


Senior Environmental Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $138K annually; Geologists come in second with average earnings amounting to $115K, while Environmental Scientists and Environmental Protection Specialists rank near the top as well ($104K and $102K, respectively). Environmental Engineers at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($82K on average) at the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($131K per year) can be spotted in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago, Ill. (around $114K), Washington, DC (approximately $99K), and Arlington, Va. (about $98K) are the next top-paying cities. At $81K, San Francisco, Calif. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of District of Columbia, where they average to around $99K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $139K per year for Professional Engineer License Holders; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Certified Professional Engineers with credentials; these people earn about $113K annually on average. Regarding salaries and education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pays those with a Bachelor's Degree the most — $93K.


When it comes to skills, employees who report Legal Document Review among their abilities seem to make the most, reporting a median income of approximately $120K per year. A relatively widespread skill at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is Environmental Compliance; approximately one-fourth of employees use it for work. Employees also tend to know Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and Research Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

Only 44 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. A fair number of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for just over two-fifths of workers also include dental insurance. The company also dishes out perks such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, a defined benefit retirement plan, and optional telecommute / work from home.

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Key Stats for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


44 %
56 %
$40,268 - $111,186
$68,424 - $139,368
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
$70,000 - $125,000
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