Environmental Compliance Specialist Salary
An average Environmental Compliance Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $55K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Environmental Compliance Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Environmental Compliance Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 59 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$39,868 - $77,641|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $11,000|
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|$38,851 - $75,593|
|Hourly Rate||$13.00 - $27.19|
|Overtime||$20.07 - $37.94|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $11,000|
|Total Pay (||$38,851 - $75,593|
Job Description for Environmental Compliance Specialist
An environmental compliance specialist makes sure that companies comply to various environmental issues such as emissions, waste disposal, chemical use, pollution, and reporting and permitting. The specialist may work for a consulting firm or be part of a company that wants to make sure that all branches are complying to environmental standards.Read More...
The compliance specialist will perform audits which must be done in an objective manner. When certain departments perform poorly, the compliance specialist should be able to provide steps to get the departments to fall into compliance. To carry out these audits, the compliance specialist will acquire samples, look over machinery, inspect disposal methods, and gather and analyze various data. The specialist may also need to aid departments in discovering what permits are needed and how to obtain them. This person might be tasked with implementing guidelines as to standard environmental practices for the company.
Sometimes the job may require educating employees about proper environmental practices; therefore, public speaking skills are useful. General computer skills are necessary, as the specialist will often have to create reports detailing audits and compliance plans. The ability to work well with others is important as the compliance specialist will be working with employees, government agencies, contractors, and other parties. Generally the job requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, chemistry, or engineering, along with a few years of experience in the EHS field. This is usually a full-time position. The job may be carried out both indoors and outdoors, depending on the type of work done in the field.
Environmental Compliance Specialist Tasks
- Develop and implement environmental policies to ensure that company remains in compliance with all local and federal laws and regulations.
- Collect soil, water, or waste samples for analysis.
- Analyze reports, maps, drawings, environmental data, and aerial photographs to ensure environmental compliance.
- Investigate potential violations, document findings, and report discovery of violations to the appropriate government agencies.
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Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Compliance Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. Environmental Compliance Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
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