Environmental Scientist Salary

An Environmental Scientist earns an average salary of $49,849 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$37,097 - $73,946
$37K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,849
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$15.28 - $29.81
$15
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MEDIAN: $20.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,097 - $73,946  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $4,494  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$36,302 - $73,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $29.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$19.89 - $38.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $4,494  
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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$36,302 - $73,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 400

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Job Description for Environmental Scientist

An environmental scientist is a scientist who is usually employed by a government department or consulting firm to a conduct research on environmental issues. They seek to develop, implement, and enforce state, local, or federal regulations designed to preserve and protect the environment. Environmental scientists seek to identify harmful pollutants or hazards to the environment or potential threats to the human, plant, or animal population.

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Environmental Scientist Tasks

  • Collect, analyze, and report on environmental data, like building materials, atmosphere monitoring and soil or water samples.
  • Create visualizations and guidance materials for multiple audiences.
  • Compare results and methods to federal and local regulations and guidelines, reporting on the gaps and achievements.

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Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Scientist

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Scientist has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Scientist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 1,327 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Scientist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 523 salaries. An experienced Environmental Scientist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 311 salaries. An Environmental Scientist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 71 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,401

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Key Stats for Environmental Scientist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 295 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Environmental Scientist Salaries

▲65%

▲31%

▲14%

National Average
$49,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 295 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 11%
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