An Environmental Scientist earns an average salary of $49,594 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.

$36,347 - $74,006
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$36K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,594
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$15.18 - $29.74
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,347 - $74,006  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,117  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$35,766 - $72,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $29.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$19.67 - $38.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,117  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$35,766 - $72,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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: $49,111

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Environmental Scientist Reviews

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

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Regulatory Compliance
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Technical Writing
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Environmental Consulting
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Environmental Compliance
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Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Access
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 291 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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