Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Environmental Engineers take home approximately $58K per year on average. In the world of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $45K and $76K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $5K, respectively. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Environmental Engineers making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,590 - $74,052
$46K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,258
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$15.94 - $31.96
$16
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $25.27
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$45,590 - $74,052  
   
Bonus
$191.53 - $7,138  
Profit Sharing
$1.93 - $5,006  
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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$44,971 - $75,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,125
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.94 - $31.96  
   
Overtime
$22.00 - $41.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$191.53 - $7,138  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.93 - $5,006  
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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$44,971 - $75,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 127

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Entry-Level Environmental Engineers flock to URS Corporation Inc., Arcadis, Inc., Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., and CH2M Hill, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Carollo Engineers, P.C. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $68K. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Environ International Corporation (EIC) ($63K), Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. ($63K), and HDR, Inc. ($62K).

With a median salary of $51K, Tetra Tech, Inc. provides Entry-Level Environmental Engineers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $69K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Arcadis, Inc. ($54K), Golder Associates ($54K), and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. ($56K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,471

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, 16 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers in Richmond and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Environmental Engineer Advice

Q: 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.

Key Stats for Environmental Engineer

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
10%
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Skills That Affect Environmental Engineer Salaries






Data Analysis
▲1%

Environmental Consulting
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Technical Writing
▼0%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

Microsoft Word
▼0%

National Average
$58,000


Autocad Civil 3D
▼3%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▼5%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 7%