Environmental Specialist Salary

Median pay for Environmental Specialists in the United States is around $54K annually. Total cash compensation for Environmental Specialists runs from $34K to $85K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Environmental Specialists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,534 - $84,561
(Median)
$37K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $53,758
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$11.92 - $28.97
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,534 - $84,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,751  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $7,681  
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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$34,429 - $85,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $28.97  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $45.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$968 - $7,681  
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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$34,429 - $85,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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

  • Conduct chemical inventories, audits, and inspections of facilities.
  • Coordinate with a team of environmental specialists to support the overall facility compliance process.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Specialist


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Environmental Specialists who go on to become Environmental Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Environmental Managers is $79K annually. Given that the median pay is $47K, 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 Health & Safety Manager role — which pays $75K — is also typical for Environmental Specialists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Triumvirate, Maryland Environmental Services, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Dow Chemical Co are top-notch employers for Environmental Specialists in this area. Dow Chemical Co offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $73K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Survey results imply that Environmental Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance also tend to 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. Environmental Specialists bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,697

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

Tulsa is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Specialists, 42 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+37 percent), Oklahoma City (+36 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Environmental Specialists in Nashville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 27 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Austin (17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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