Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. Overall cash earnings of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers stretch from $44K near the bottom to $74K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,118 - $72,194
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,880
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$16.68 - $32.11
(Median)
$17
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$44,118 - $72,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,994  
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $5,811  
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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$43,529 - $73,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.68 - $32.11  
   
Overtime
$21.49 - $40.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,994  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $5,811  
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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$43,529 - $73,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., CH2M Hill, Aecom Corporation, and Brown and Caldwell are leading firms in the industry. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers in search of the best pay head to Environ International Corporation (EIC), where the median salary rolls in at $63K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $74K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $51K. Other big spenders include Brown and Caldwell, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Environmental Engineers see paychecks nearing $62K, $61K, or $60K.

Pay for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers is the lowest at Arcadis, Inc., which has a median salary of $55K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $64K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Aecom Corporation ($55K), CH2M Hill ($55K), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. ($57K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,559

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Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Diego. Columbus and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

Environmental Engineer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Environmental Engineer in State College:
"Stay broad, ask questions, never stop learning."
Your best asset will be an inquisitive mind to review existing projects for how and why they work, researching potential improvements and maintaining a learning mindset.

Environmental Engineer in Charleston:
"Consulting is all about money."
Don't go into consulting if you don't want to deal with clients and billable hours.

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Skills That Affect Environmental Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Design
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Regulatory Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Environmental Consulting
0%

Autocad Civil 3D
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National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Technical Writing
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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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