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Environmental Manager Salary

Environmental Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about two in three of Environmental Managers. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $134K per year, but expected earnings average $79K annually. In the world of Environmental Managers, overall income ranges from $49K near the bottom to $134K at the top; this can include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Environmental Managers survey respondents are men (71 percent). Most Environmental Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$49,182 - $122,082
(Median)
49K
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79K
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120K
MEDIAN: $78,686
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$16.83 - $45.42
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,182 - $122,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,590  
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $19,518  
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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$48,520 - $133,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 567
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.83 - $45.42  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $48.32  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$200.00 - $19,518  
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).
)
$48,520 - $133,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 31
United States (change)

Job Description for Environmental Manager

As companies seek to address environmental concerns related to their business operations, environmental managers are increasingly important, particularly in large corporations. Environmental managers are tasked with oversight of companies’ overall environmental friendliness. These managers seek to increase “green” practices by developing business initiatives that increase environmental friendliness, then putting them in place and monitoring success. Environmental managers work in many sectors and fields. For example, environmental managers in manufacturing might work to reduce carbon emissions and improve the health of the land around a factory. Environmental managers in new home or commercial construction might seek to incorporate sustainably sourced materials and eco-friendly building practices.

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Environmental Manager Tasks

  • Oversee health and safety aspects of acquisitions, mergers, new product lines, and remediation.
  • Audit and work with departments to improve safety both routinely and directly following accidents, spills, or other hazards.
  • Create safety policies and standards that meet or exceed required guidelines.
  • Participate in water, air, ergonomic, solid waste, and hazardous materials handling processes, permits, and evaluations.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Manager


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For Environmental Managers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Environmental Managers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Environmental Health & Safety Manager.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Manager


Professional skills reported by Environmental Managers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Environmental Consulting, Environmental Compliance, Project Management, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Environmental Compliance also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Environmental Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $60K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $73K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Environmental Managers, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Environmental Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+32 percent), Hartford (+16 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Environmental Managers is geography, with workers in Indianapolis earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Workers in Tampa and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (25 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Manager Salaries



National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Environmental Manager Salaries

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 4%

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Regulatory Compliance
0%

National Average
$82,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 8%