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Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers is around $55K annually. Cash earnings of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can occasionally include $6K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $42K to almost $73K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,665 - $71,049
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $54,782
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$15.27 - $31.12
(Median)
$15
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$42,665 - $71,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,881  
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $6,128  
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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$41,979 - $73,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.27 - $31.12  
   
Overtime
$20.87 - $38.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,881  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.88 - $6,128  
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).
)
$41,979 - $73,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Engineer


Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., CH2M Hill, Aecom Corporation, and Brown and Caldwell are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Environmental Engineers. Salary cannot be beat at Brown and Caldwell, where median pay comes to $62K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $49K, and the higher end is not far away at $69K. URS Corporation Inc., Environ International Corporation (EIC), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $60K, $59K, and $57K, respectively.

Employees at CH2M Hill take home the smallest paychecks, and $53K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $47K and quickly nearing the top at only $64K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Arcadis, Inc. ($55K), Aecom Corporation ($55K), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. ($57K).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Richmond, 12 percent below the national average. Baltimore and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 5%

Design
up arrow 5%

Project
up arrow 5%

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Environmental Consulting
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
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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 259 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%