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Environmental Specialist Salary

The average Environmental Specialist in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. In the world of Environmental Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $83K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,227 - $81,918
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,743
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90%

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$11.97 - $30.20
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,227 - $81,918  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,305  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,081  
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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$34,503 - $83,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 550
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$20.96 - $42.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,305  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,081  
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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$34,503 - $83,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Environmental Managers. That role pays $80K per year on average. Many Environmental Specialists go on to become Environmental Scientists or Environmental Scientists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Dow Chemical Co offers the largest salaries in town — $73K on average.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems. The majority of those who know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. Environmental Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Environmental Specialists will find that Tulsa offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Freeport (+56 percent), Los Angeles (+49 percent), Oklahoma City (+38 percent), and Houston (+24 percent). Compared to the national average, Nashville Environmental Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Columbus and 11 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries



National Average
$50,000

Environmental Consulting
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Technical Writing
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Data Analysis
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%