Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Environmental Engineers take home approximately $55K annually on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $73K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. There are more male Entry-Level Environmental Engineers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 63 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,358 - $71,351
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,087
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$15.45 - $31.67
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$15
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,358 - $71,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,878  
Profit Sharing
$487.67 - $6,362  
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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$42,707 - $73,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.45 - $31.67  
   
Overtime
$21.38 - $39.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.67 - $6,362  
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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$42,707 - $73,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, and Aecom Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Although the highest salaries can be found at Environ International Corporation (EIC) where median pay is $63K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $51K and $74K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Brown and Caldwell, URS Corporation Inc., and Aecom Corporation, where Entry-Level Environmental Engineers typically earn around $62K, $60K, or $58K, respectively.

Employees at CH2M Hill take home the smallest paychecks, and $54K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $47K and quickly nearing the top at only $63K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Arcadis, Inc. at $54K, and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. where $57K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Environmental Engineers there earn up to $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+16 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Richmond. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Columbus and 3 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Design
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Environmental Consulting
0%

National Average
$56,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Technical Writing
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Matlab
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 211 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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