Air Quality Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $65K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most workers in this role are not happy with their job, claiming low levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,665 - $89,150
MEDIAN: $64,603

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$49,665 - $89,150  
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$49,562 - $88,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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

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

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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 $64K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $69K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $104K. Air Quality Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $95K.

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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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Title V Permitting
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Project Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Environmental Consulting
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Somewhat satisfied
Rated 2 out of 5
based on 2 votes.


41 %
59 %

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: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%