Entry-Level Environmental Scientist Salary

Average Entry-Level Environmental Scientists make around $45K per year. In the world of Entry-Level Environmental Scientists, overall income ranges from $35K near the bottom to $60K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Entry-Level Environmental Scientists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Entry-Level Environmental Scientists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$35,159 - $60,136
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$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,200
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$15.03 - $25.36
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MEDIAN: $19.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,159 - $60,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,924  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $3,723  
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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$34,645 - $59,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,019
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $25.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$19.06 - $35.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,924  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $3,723  
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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$34,645 - $59,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Environmental Scientists, Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Apex Companies, Llc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. 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. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($38K, $39K, and $40K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,988

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+13 percent), Pittsburgh (+11 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (7 percent lower) and Dallas (6 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
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries









Project Management
▲1%

autodesk autocad
▲1%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

Project
▼0%

National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Access
▼3%

AutoCAD
▼7%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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