Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers sits in the ballpark of $55K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Environmental Engineers bottoms out near $43K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $6K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers are male. Most Entry-Level Environmental Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,304 - $71,370
(Median)
$43K
$55K
$71K
MEDIAN: $55,052
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$15.43 - $31.70
(Median)
$15
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,304 - $71,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,881  
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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$42,646 - $73,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.43 - $31.70  
   
Overtime
$21.37 - $39.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,881  
   
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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$42,646 - $73,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Engineer


Arcadis, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, and Aecom Corporation are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers in this area. With a median salary of $63K, Environ International Corporation (EIC) offers Entry-Level Environmental Engineers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $51K and are capped at $74K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Brown and Caldwell, URS Corporation Inc., and Aecom Corporation, where earnings of $62K, $60K, or $58K are standard for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers.

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. Other low-paying employers include Arcadis, Inc. at $54K and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. at $57K, though some Entry-Level Environmental Engineers there earn up to $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Richmond. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (4 percent less) and San Diego (3 percent less).

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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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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 213 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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