Entry-Level Environmental Scientist Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists sits in the ballpark of $45K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists — including $5K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $34K to $60K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Environmental Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Environmental Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,967 - $60,396
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$45K
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MEDIAN: $45,043
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$15.01 - $25.29
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MEDIAN: $19.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,967 - $60,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,940  
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $3,700  
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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$34,480 - $60,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,077
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $25.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$19.35 - $35.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,940  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $3,700  
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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$34,480 - $60,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314

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Entry-Level Environmental Scientists fill the offices of leading firms Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Apex Companies, Llc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. Burns & Mcdonnell leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $52K. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists will also find cushy salaries at CH2M Hill (+$51K), Arcadis, Inc. (+$51K), and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. (+$48K).

Terracon Consultants, Inc., Terracon, and Apex Companies, Llc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($37K, $39K, and $40K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,822

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, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), Sacramento (+15 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and San Antonio (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
48 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries







Microsoft Word
▲1%

Project Management
▲1%

Project
▲1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼0%

autodesk autocad
▼0%

National Average
$45,000


Microsoft Access
▼4%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
51 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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