Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $54,375 per year. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $41,135 and peaks near $69,958, incorporates potential for more than $5,706 from bonuses and close to $5,719 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. For the most part, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary (?
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$41,135 - $69,958
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MEDIAN: $53,960
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Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary (?
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$14.94 - $30.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$41,135 - $69,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,706  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,719  
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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$40,772 - $71,628  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$20.72 - $38.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,706  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,719  
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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$40,772 - $71,628  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Engineer

Though highest salaries can be found at URS Corporation Inc.—median pay is $59,157—there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $49K and reaching $67K.
With a median salary of $53,722, Arcadis, Inc. provides Entry-Level Environmental Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $66K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Aecom Corporation ($55,387) and URS Corporation Inc. ($59,157).

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Seattle, Washington, Houston, and Los Angeles, where Entry-Level Environmental Engineers typically earn around 13 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 3 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Raleigh (-4 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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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Engineering Design
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Environmental Consulting
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Matlab
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Technical Writing
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$54,000
Microsoft Office
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Excel
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%
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