Environmental Specialist Salary

Environmental Specialists in the United States take home approximately $54K annually on average. Cash earnings for Environmental Specialists — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $32K to $87K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Environmental Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,574 - $88,147
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$54K
$88K
MEDIAN: $54,240
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$11.17 - $28.00
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MEDIAN: $18.26
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,574 - $88,147  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,218  
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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$31,944 - $86,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $28.00  
   
Overtime
$13.75 - $47.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,218  
   
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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$31,944 - $86,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 178

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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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Environmental Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Environmental Managers. That role pays $81K per year on average. As Environmental Specialists progress in their field, many go on to become Environmental Scientists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $48K. Another common career choice for Environmental Specialists is to move into an Environmental Engineer role — this promotion usually pays $60K.

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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. Other big spenders include Dow Chemical Co, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Maryland Environmental Services, top-paying firms where Environmental Specialists see paychecks nearing $73K, $57K, or $46K.

Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., Stericycle, Inc., and Triumvirate also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $42K, $43K, and $45K.

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 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people experienced in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. Environmental Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Environmental Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $73K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,945

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For Environmental Specialists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than the national average. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+43 percent), Tulsa (+41 percent), Oklahoma City (+35 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Jefferson City Environmental Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 31 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (28 percent lower) and Raleigh (18 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Environmental Specialist

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries

▲44%

▲26%

▲16%

National Average
$51,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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