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.