Environmental Consultant Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $52K, nearly two in five of overall earnings for Environmental Consultants arrives through commissions. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $45K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $57K. Environmental Consultants see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $97K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,963 - $83,580
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,507
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$14.44 - $62.02
(Median)
$14
$25
$62
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$34,963 - $83,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,184  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $9,967  
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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$34,752 - $92,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 778
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $62.02  
   
Overtime
$18.36 - $40.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,184  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $9,967  
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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$34,752 - $92,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146

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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 some Environmental Consultants move into positions like Senior Environmental Consultant (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Consultant


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $40K to just $70K — but Environmental Resources Management, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $56K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Survey results imply that Environmental Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Environmental Consulting tend to be well versed 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Consultants, 25 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+21 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Environmental Consultants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Environmental Consultants in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Workers in Denver and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Environmental Consultant Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Consultant Salaries




Environmental Consulting
up arrow 4%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$52,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
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%