Environmental Specialist Salary (United States)

A typical Environmental Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49,502 annually. Compensation ranges from $34,041 on the low end to $83,304 per year on the high end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $8,790 and $5,106, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $35,905 or peak near $80,877. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 59 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Environmental Specialist Salary (?
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$35,905 - $80,877
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MEDIAN: $51,523
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Environmental Specialist Salary (?
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$11.84 - $33.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,905 - $80,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,790  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,106  
Total Pay (?
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$34,041 - $83,304  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $33.38  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $45.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,790  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,106  
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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$34,041 - $83,304  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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 may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Environmental Manager may bring in a lot more money — an additional $31K annually. Environmental Specialists most often move into positions as Environmental Scientists or Environmental and Health Specialists, where they typically take pay cuts of $2,836 or $3,983 per year.

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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, Technical Writing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 10 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems (GIS). For most people, competency in Environmental Compliance indicates knowledge of 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.
Pay for Environmental Specialists increases steadily with experience. At career start, salaries are typically $44K, which grows to $55K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $62K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Environmental Specialists and pay is expected at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Freeport
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Oklahoma City
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Houston
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Denver
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$50,000
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For those looking to make money, Environmental Specialists in Tulsa enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 76 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Freeport, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Houston, where Environmental Specialists typically earn around 52 percent, 50 percent, 39 percent, and 17 percent more than usual. Environmental Specialists' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Environmental Specialists in Nashville bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
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National Average
$50,000
Environmental Consulting
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
41%
female alumni
 
Male
59%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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