Environmental Scientist Salary

An Environmental Scientist earns an average salary of $48,910 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.

$35,712 - $73,170
(Median)
$36K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,909
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$15.13 - $29.95
(Median)
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$21
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,712 - $73,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,148  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$35,505 - $73,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,424
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.13 - $29.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$19.12 - $37.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,148  
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).
)
$35,505 - $73,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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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

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

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,822

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Environmental Scientist Reviews

What is it like working as an Environmental Scientist at Environmental Resources Management, Inc.?

Environmental Scientist in Houston:
"May 2016 Review."
Pros: Interesting work and opportunity to be part of high profile projects. The people are generally competent and easy to work with. Global company so opportunities to work globally.
Cons: Pay is low and vacations are low. No real perks to working hard or overtime. Minimal praise for hardwork, but plenty of chastising for small mistakes.

What is it like working as an Environmental Scientist at HDR, Inc.?

Environmental Scientist in Seattle:
Pros: Interesting projects, good coworkers.
Cons: Having to be very diligent with my boss, having to repeatedly ask for what I need to advance.

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Experience Affects Environmental Scientist Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 2%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 2%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
0%

Project
0%

National Average
$49,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 473 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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