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Average Salary for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Employees

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers are not strangers to large paychecks, where average earnings swell to $98K annually. How long you've been working primarily drives compensation; however, your city and your job title are also reported as secondary influences on salary at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency typically pays:
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Employer: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Environmental Engineer (5)
$61,290 - $146,014  
[-]Environmental Engineer (5)
Salary$54,920 - $147,589  
Bonus$349.14 - $4,923  
Total Pay$61,290 - $146,014  
[+]Geologist (3)
$65,406 - $287,016  
[+]Geologist (3)
Salary$69,133 - $305,258  
Bonus$366.77 - $18,886  
Total Pay$65,406 - $287,016  
[+]Environmental Scientist (3)
$66,153 - $129,922  
[+]Environmental Scientist (3)
Salary$63,397 - $132,587  
Total Pay$66,153 - $129,922  
[+]Management and Program Analyst (3)
$47,653 - $110,353  
[+]Management and Program Analyst (3)
Salary$51,397 - $114,857  
Bonus$8.95 - $998  
Total Pay$47,653 - $110,353  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Years of Experience

Between the one and five year mark, pay is typically approximately $60K. Respondents with a company tenure of five to ten years tend to make $88K. Broadly speaking, the largest slice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workforce (44 percent) has a tenure of 20 years or more and earns around $117K per year.


Median pay is highest in Philadelphia (about $137K annually), followed by Chicago ($107K), Durham ($103K), and Arlington (approximately $98K). San Francisco is near the bottom for pay at about $86K. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workers in Pennsylvania earn the most — around $137K per year on average.


The highest paychecks go to Geologists, who earn $115K, closely trailed by Environmental Protection Specialists ($110K), Environmental Scientists ($108K), and Environmental Engineers (approximately $87K). At $78K, Environmental Project Managers are among the lowest paid at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Licensed Lawyer certainly has its perks — salaries approach $102K and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Becoming a HAZWOPER Certification - 40 Hour can certainly pay off here; those folks make around $98K. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compensates Bachelor's Degree-holders the most at $81K annually.


In this position, it pays to have Project Management in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $121K. Folks here also tend to know Environmental Compliance; on the survey, one in four of workers named it in their skills portfolios. Other skills in demand are Environmental Consulting, Legal Research, and Regulatory Compliance.

Benefits and Perks

Just 42 percent receive paid time off. A 401(k) program is available, and around half use it to save for retirement. Perks cover health insurance for most workers and dental coverage for approximately one-half. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency folks also make good use of a casual working environment, flexible hours, optional telecommute / work from home, and life insurance.

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Key Stats

44 %
56 %
$43,315 - $110,150
$65,393 - $124,213
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
$68,784 - $109,875

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