Entry-Level Environmental Scientist Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists sits in the ballpark of $46K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Environmental Scientists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $35K and $61K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$35,474 - $60,782
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,782
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50%
90%

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$15.15 - $25.41
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$20
$25
MEDIAN: $19.78
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$0$60K
Salary $35,474 - $60,782
Bonus $0.00 - $4,105
Profit Sharing $10.21 - $3,828
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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$35,076 - $60,722
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,071
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $15.15 - $25.41
Hourly Tips $1.67
Overtime $18.64 - $34.81
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,105
Profit Sharing $10.21 - $3,828
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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$35,076 - $60,722
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 323

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Scientist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Entry-Level Environmental Scientists include Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Apex Companies, Llc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. Burns & Mcdonnell attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $52K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include CH2M Hill, Arcadis, Inc., and Aecom Technology Group, Inc., where Entry-Level Environmental Scientists typically earn around $51K, $51K, or $48K, respectively.

Trileaf Corporation, Terracon, and Apex Companies, Llc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $38K, $39K, and $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,550

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+10 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (9 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).

Environmental Scientist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Environmental Scientist in Watertown:
Be proactive. Notice what you don't know, and learn it. Notice what you could do better, and then make a plan to get better and do it. Notice what is important to the people around you, and help them get what they need.

Environmental Scientist in Seattle:
"Advice."
Note: My experience is limited to consulting for a medium-sized but high end national firm. There may not be as much room for growth as you think, without an advanced degree. If you are out of college, expect to do a lot of boring grunt work for not much thanks. You must be your own advocate and gracefully but consistently push for opportunities that interest you. If you are a creative person you may end up hating this job. You may not end up making as much money as you think. You will be exposed to a diverse array of work, but none of it is that complex or interesting.

Environmental Scientist in Philadelphia:
"Need to be attention to detail and writing."
Be proactive, be able to give information on time to supervisor, Know what you are doing.

Environmental Scientist in San Diego:
"Engineers Make Much More Than Biologists Doing The Same Job."
If you don't believe in the cause, do something else. You will not make a lot of money in this job and there are lots of road blocks to being successful in reaching environmental goals but it is worth it when you reach a goal if you believe in the cause.

Key Stats for Environmental Scientist

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries









National Average
$46,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Project Management
▼1%

autodesk autocad
▼1%

Project
▼1%

Microsoft Access
▼4%

AutoCAD
▼8%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 11%
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