Entry-Level Environmental Scientists take home an average $45K per year. 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. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Environmental Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$34,877 - $60,194
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,877 - $60,194  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $3,978  
Total Pay (?
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$34,367 - $60,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $25.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$18.97 - $35.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.38 - $3,978  
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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$34,367 - $60,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 292

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Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Apex Companies, Llc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. are all popular places to work. Burns & Mcdonnell offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $52K. Arcadis, Inc., CH2M Hill, and EBI Consulting also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $52K, $51K, and $47K, respectively.

Terracon Consultants, Inc., Terracon, and Apex Companies, Llc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $37K, $39K, and $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,547

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists, 21 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+15 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Harrisburg is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers in Philadelphia and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Environmental Scientist Advice

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries

Data Analysis
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Regulatory Compliance
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Project Management
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Environmental Consulting
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Environmental Compliance
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Technical Writing
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Project
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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autodesk autocad
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Microsoft Access
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AutoCAD
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 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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