Environmental Consultants in the United States take home an average $53K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Environmental Consultants can bottom out near $36K or peak near $88K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Environmental Consultants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,721 - $82,571
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$36K
$53K
$83K
MEDIAN: $52,646
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$15.16 - $73.44
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$15
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$73
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$35,721 - $82,571  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,935  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $6,061  
Commission
$6,250  
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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$35,919 - $87,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $73.44  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $41.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,935  
   
Commission
$6,250  
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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$35,919 - $87,683  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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 $82K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Consultant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Environmental Consultants include The Cadmus Group, Inc., Environmental Resources Management, Inc., Environ International Corporation (EIC), TRC Companies, Inc., and Trinity Consultants, Inc. Environmental Consultants seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Environmental Resources Management, Inc., where the median salary comes to $85K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($50K) and those starting out ($320K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Environmental Consultant


Environmental Consultants seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Client Interaction, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Environmental Compliance also know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. Environmental Consultants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $110K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,234

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

For Environmental Consultants, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Environmental Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+37 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Sacramento is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (13 percent lower) and Seattle (10 percent lower).

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
$53,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Consultant Salaries



Environmental Compliance
up arrow 2%

Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$53,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%



Client Interaction
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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