Years of Experience
Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $81K annually on average. Those with one to four years of experience at the company can expect to make $56K per year on average. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (31 percent) have been working for 10-19 years and make $98K annually on average.
Chemists rake in the most money, with average earnings of about $110K per year; Environmental Scientists come in second with average earnings amounting to around $96K, while Environmental Protection Specialists and Biologists rank near the top as well ($93K and approximately $81K, respectively). Earning only $58K on average, Research Scientists make less than most people in the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $98K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Raleigh, N.C. (around $93K), Atlanta, Ga. ($87K), and Durham, N.C. ($86K) are the next top-paying cities. Expected earnings are below average (around $71K) in Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the lowest-paid cities. Across U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's U.S. offices, employees in the state of Washington earn the most, taking home $122K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Professional Geologists, who make $97K annually. Acquiring certification to be a HAZWOPER Certification - 40 Hour is rewarded with median pay of $96K per year. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning approximately $102K on average.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Regulatory Compliance; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $100K annually. Project Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; approximately one in three of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's people use it regularly. Other skills in demand are Data Analysis, Technical Writing, and Research Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
The company does pay out vacation and sick days, but these benefits are received by only 43 percent. The larger part of workers report contributing to a 401(k). For most survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a majority of employees get dental coverage, too. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also dishes out privileges such as a casual working environment, flexible hours, optional telecommute / work from home, and life insurance.