Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $89K per year. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make around $61K annually on average. The greater proportion of employees (31 percent) report 20 years or more of experience and bring home median pay of $119K per year.
Senior Environmental Engineers are the best paid with the average salary hovering at approximately $138K annually; Geologists, Environmental Scientists, and Environmental Protection Specialists also rank near the top of the list, pulling in $115K, about $104K, and around $102K, respectively. On the lower end are Environmental Engineers at $82K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($131K per year) can be spotted in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago, Ill. (approximately $114K), Washington, DC ($99K), and Arlington, Va. (about $98K) are the next top-paying cities. San Francisco, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at approximately $81K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees make the most in District of Columbia, earning $99K annually on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Professional Engineer License Holders are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to $139K per year. Certified Professional Engineers with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at around $113K annually. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers who hold a Bachelor's Degree are also well compensated, earning about $93K on average.
When it comes to skills, Legal Document Review seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $120K per year. It's pretty common to find people here who know Environmental Compliance; roughly a fourth consider it a key competency. Other top skills include Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and Research Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
Only 44 percent receive paid vacation and sick leave. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance is part of the package for a fair number of respondents, and for just over two-fifths of workers, dental coverage is too. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency folks also make good use of a casual working environment, flexible hours, a defined benefit retirement plan, and optional telecommute / work from home.