The average Environmental Specialist in the United States earns approximately $54K annually. Total cash earnings of Environmental Specialists range from $32K on the low end to $86K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Environmental Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,528 - $87,911
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $53,821
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$10.70 - $28.06
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,528 - $87,911  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,799  
Total Pay (?
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$31,886 - $86,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.70 - $28.06  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $47.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,799  
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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$31,886 - $86,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 186

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Job Description for Environmental Specialist

An environmental specialist is in charge of enforcing and regulating the containment and disposal of hazardous materials.They help ensure that federal, state, and local regulations are followed, as well as perform environmental studies to determine the effects of pollution on the local environment. If a violation occurs, the environmental specialist must perform follow-up interviews and studies to ensure that the offending party corrects the situation and assess the effects on the environment. The environmental specialist must pay attention to detail and be well organized, as they are in charge of keeping inspection logs and submitting summaries of their inspection logs; these skills are also important for keeping accurate inventory records for hazardous materials and chemicals.

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Environmental Specialist Tasks

  • Design, develop, and execute the environmental management system.
  • Monitor waste storage programs across all sites and ensure waste streams are managed in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Conduct chemical inventories, audits, and inspections of facilities.
  • Coordinate with a team of environmental specialists to support the overall facility compliance process.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Specialist


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Though not the most common occurrence, Environmental Specialists sometimes become Environmental Managers, where the average income is $80K per year. Given that the median pay is $48K, it may be surprising to find that an Environmental Scientist is the most common role for Environmental Specialists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Environmental Engineer role — which pays $60K — is also typical for Environmental Specialists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Environmental Specialists, Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., Triumvirate, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Stericycle, Inc., and Department of Environmental Protection are leading firms in the industry. For Environmental Specialists, comfortable salaries can be found at ONEOK Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $83K, the highest in the area. Dow Chemical Co, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Maryland Environmental Services also offer top salaries for Environmental Specialists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $73K, $57K, and $46K, respectively.

Workers at Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., Stericycle, Inc., and Triumvirate also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $43K, and $45K respectively.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems. Most people familiar with Environmental Compliance also know Technical Writing and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Environmental Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. For Environmental Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,679

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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Specialists, 46 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tulsa (+42 percent), Oklahoma City (+36 percent), Denver (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Environmental Specialist's salary, with Jefferson City Environmental Specialists earning salaries that are 31 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (27 percent lower) and Orlando (25 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Environmental Specialist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
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Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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