Air Quality Engineer Salary

An average Air Quality Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $65K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Air Quality Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Air Quality Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,330 - $106,096
MEDIAN: $65,143

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$48,330 - $106,096  
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$49,211 - $116,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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Job Description for Air Quality Engineer

Air quality engineers work primarily for government agencies, private organizations, and consulting agencies to conduct auditing or testing to determine air quality or emission standards and what sorts of pollutants, toxins, or other contaminants are present. If local or federal laws or regulations are being violated, these engineers may devise plans to bring the air quality and emissions to compliance and remove contaminants or pollutants.


Air Quality Engineer Tasks

  • Prepare air permit applications and emission inventory reports.
  • Perform air emission calculations, and regulation and compliance analysis.

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Pay by Experience Level for Air Quality Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $60K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $78K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $104K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $95K on average.

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Experience Affects Air Quality Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Air Quality Engineer Salaries

Air Dispersion Modeling
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Environmental Compliance
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.


24 %
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 2%