Environmental Consultant Salary

Commissions form a big slice (more than a third) of total compensation for Environmental Consultants. The median income in this area hovers around $52K. Total cash compensation for Environmental Consultants runs from $35K to $92K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Men working as Environmental Consultants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,796 - $84,390
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,602
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$14.41 - $61.12
(Median)
$14
$25
$61
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,796 - $84,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,567  
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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$34,556 - $91,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 809
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $61.12  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $40.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,567  
   
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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$34,556 - $91,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
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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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Advancing into a Senior Environmental Consultant role seems to be a popular career move for Environmental Consultants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $81K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Consultant


Although Environmental Resources Management, Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $59K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $40K or as much as $98K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Client Interaction, Windows Operating System General Use, and Geographic Information Systems. It is often found that people who know Environmental Consulting are also skilled in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $45K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $58K. On average, Environmental Consultants make $73K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $96K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Environmental Consultants in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Environmental Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Environmental Consultants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Environmental Consultants in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Chicago (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 Consulting
up arrow 4%

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 7%

Client Interaction
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
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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