Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can expect wages of $55K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can bottom out at $43K or peak near $73K. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Entry-Level Environmental Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,351 - $71,291

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$15.49 - $31.86

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,351 - $71,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,835  
Profit Sharing
$207.81 - $6,082  
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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$42,681 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $31.86  
   
Overtime
$21.43 - $39.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,835  
   
Profit Sharing
$207.81 - $6,082  
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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$42,681 - $73,154  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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. Environ International Corporation (EIC) offers the best pay with a median salary of $63K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $51K and maxing out at just $74K. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Brown and Caldwell (+$62K), URS Corporation Inc. (+$60K), and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. (+$57K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $47K to just $63K — but CH2M Hill offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $54K. Arcadis, Inc., Aecom Corporation, and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($54K, $55K, and $57K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+12 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Richmond. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (4 percent lower) and San Diego (3 percent lower).

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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%

Matlab
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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Microsoft Word
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 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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