Median pay for Environmental Consultants in the United States is around $52K per year. Overall cash earnings for Environmental Consultants stretch from $36K on the lower end to $88K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $8K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the company and location are influential factors as well. Most Environmental Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Women make up a slight majority of Environmental Consultants (50 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,842 - $83,413
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MEDIAN: $52,139
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,842 - $83,413  
   
Bonus
$-0.46 - $7,898  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $6,061  
Commission
$2,463  
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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$35,956 - $88,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 579
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $60.61  
   
Overtime
$20.83 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.46 - $7,898  
   
Commission
$2,463  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $6,061  
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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$35,956 - $88,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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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Many Environmental Consultants move into a Senior Environmental Consultant role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $81K per year. The most common next step for an Environmental Consultant is to become an Environmental Project Manager or an Environmental Engineer. The former position pays an additional $11K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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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. Although Environmental Resources Management, Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $85K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $50K or as much as $320K.

Employees at The Cadmus Group, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $49K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $43K and quickly nearing the top at only $68K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Survey results imply that Environmental Consultants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Client Interaction, Microsoft Office, and Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Environmental Compliance are similarly competent in Project Management and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Consultant

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


Environmental Consultants generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $59K on average. Environmental Consultants see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,728

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

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Consultants, 41 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), Nashville (+29 percent), and Chicago (+24 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Austin (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Environmental Consultant Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Consultant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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