Environmental Consultant Salary

The median total income of Environmental Consultants is around $52K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Environmental Consultants bottoms out near $35K and approaches $92K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Environmental Consultants is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Environmental Consultants making up 58 percent of survey respondents.

$34,742 - $84,492

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$14.38 - $61.45

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,742 - $84,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,657  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,507 - $91,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 823
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $61.45  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $40.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,657  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$34,507 - $91,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Job Description for Environmental Consultant

Environmental consultants largely work in a wide range of industries, from the private sector to corporate or government contracts. Their job duties vary largely depending on the industry in which they work. Largely, though, they they work to assess the environmental impact of a given company or process, and will often work in locations where employees are dealing with dangerous materials on a daily basis. Environmental consultants may evaluate the raw products and materials being used and determine if they are safe for individuals of the company to handle; this may include materials such as lead-based paint, corrosive chemicals and asbestos.

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Environmental Consultant Tasks

  • Analyze samples and data, create models and projections.
  • Perform environmental tests, assessments, and data collection.
  • Prepare reports and documentation.
  • Assist determining compliance with state and federal regulations.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Consultant


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Though it's uncommon, some Environmental Consultants move into roles as Senior Environmental Consultants, where pay is an average $81K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Consultant


Environmental Resources Management, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $59K) but some workers make up to $98K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Environmental Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Client Interaction, Windows Operating System General Use, and Geographic Information Systems. Those familiar with Environmental Consulting also tend to know Environmental Compliance and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Consultant

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $58K on average. For Environmental Consultants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $95K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Environmental Consultants, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Environmental Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Austin (+21 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Environmental Consultant's salary, with Indianapolis Environmental Consultants earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (12 percent less) and Chicago (8 percent less).

Environmental Consultant Reviews

What is it like working as an Environmental Consultant?

Environmental Consultant in Sacramento:
"Dynamic and Unique Niche."
Pros: This is a dynamic environment working with Tribes and Tribal BIA/EPA compliance documents. Lots of field work at about 25-35% in-the-field with the rest in a casual office environment.
Cons: Low pay, unorganized management, paid leave is minimal, commute is long.

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Experience Affects Environmental Consultant Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Consultant Salaries



Environmental Compliance
up arrow 4%

Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

Client Interaction
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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