Entry-Level Environmental Engineer Salary

Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can expect to earn an average of $56K annually. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Environmental Engineers generally bottom out at around $44K and peak near $74K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $6K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location 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. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,118 - $72,194
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$72K
MEDIAN: $55,880
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$16.68 - $32.11
(Median)
$17
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$44,118 - $72,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,994  
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $5,811  
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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$43,529 - $73,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,633
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.68 - $32.11  
   
Overtime
$21.49 - $40.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,994  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.33 - $5,811  
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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$43,529 - $73,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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. Employees at Environ International Corporation (EIC) enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $63K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $51K and higher ones not far away at only $74K. Other big spenders include Brown and Caldwell, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., and URS Corporation Inc., top-paying firms where Entry-Level Environmental Engineers see paychecks nearing $62K, $61K, or $60K.

Arcadis, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $55K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $64K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers at Aecom Corporation, CH2M Hill, and Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $55K, $55K, and $57K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,559

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Environmental Engineers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+9 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Columbus and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Environmental Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Design
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Regulatory Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project
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Engineering Design
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Environmental Consulting
0%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

National Average
$57,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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 185 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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