Environmental Consultant Salary

Environmental Consultants in the United States pull down an average of $53K annually. Cash earnings for Environmental Consultants — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $36K to approximately $88K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most Environmental Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction.

$36,462 - $82,975
$36K
$53K
$83K
MEDIAN: $52,742
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$15.06 - $60.00
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MEDIAN: $22.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,462 - $82,975  
   
Bonus
$95.84 - $7,970  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $6,104  
Commission
$2,463  
Total Pay (?
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$36,342 - $87,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $60.00  
   
Overtime
$20.74 - $42.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$95.84 - $7,970  
   
Commission
$2,463  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $6,104  
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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$36,342 - $87,964  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Environmental Consultant


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Environmental Consultants often transition into Senior Environmental Consultant positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Environmental Consultants earn $82K per year. Environmental Consultants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Environmental Project Managers or Environmental Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Consultant


Dominating the field, The Cadmus Group, Inc., Environmental Resources Management, Inc., Environ International Corporation (EIC), TRC Companies, Inc., and Trinity Consultants, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Environmental Consultants. Environmental Resources Management, Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $85K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $50K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $320K.

Considering that the median salary at The Cadmus Group, Inc. is a shallow $49K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is 73 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Client Interaction, Microsoft Office, and Geographic Information Systems. Those proficient in Environmental Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Consultant

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Consultant has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Consultant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 437 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Consultant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 172 salaries. An experienced Environmental Consultant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 131 salaries. An Environmental Consultant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,126

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Environmental Consultants, 40 percent above the national average. Environmental Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), Nashville (+24 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (11 percent less) and Austin (9 percent less).

Environmental Consultant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Environmental Consultant

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Environmental Consultant Salaries

▲109%

▲30%

▲11%

National Average
$53,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Environmental Consultant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 16%
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