Senior Environmental Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $138K annually on average; Environmental Scientists are next on the list, bringing in close to around $101K, followed by Mechanical Engineers earning $93K and Environmental Protection Specialists making about $86K. Financial compensation for Environmental Project Managers is rather low — on average only approximately $78K — relative to the rest of the company.
Years of Experience
Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $64K per year. Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make $85K 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 ($98K annually) can be spotted in Arlington, Va.; Washington, DC (around $97K), Durham, N.C. (approximately $86K), and Seattle, Wash. (about $85K) are the next top-paying cities. At approximately $65K, Raleigh, N.C. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in District of Columbia, where salaries average out at $97K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $139K annually for Professional Engineer License Holders, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Earning a Certified Professional Engineer certification garners significant financial rewards of about $113K per year on average. It pays to have a Bachelor's Degree at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — these employees make the most at $88K annually.
Employees who count Legal Document Review among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $120K per year. A relatively widespread skill at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is Project Management; just under one in three of employees use it for work. Environmental Compliance, Research Analysis, and Data Analysis were also reported by many survey participants.
Benefits and Perks
A lucky few (43 percent) are fortunate enough to be compensated for both vacation and sick time. It's easy to build up retirement reserves here with programs such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Most employees receive health insurance, and one-half get dental coverage. The list of perks also includes a casual working environment, flexible hours, a defined benefit retirement plan, and optional telecommute / work from home.