Environmental Specialist Salary

Environmental Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $52K annually. Overall cash earnings for Environmental Specialists stretch from $35K on the lower end to $83K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $9K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (55 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,475 - $80,806
(Median)
$36K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $52,494
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$12.16 - $30.24
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,475 - $80,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,446  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,533  
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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$34,688 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 582
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$20.69 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,446  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,533  
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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$34,688 - $83,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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 large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Environmental Manager. The latter position pays an average of $81K annually. Many Environmental Specialists choose to become Environmental Scientists and Environmental Scientists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Dow Chemical Co, where the average salary comes to $73K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Environmental Compliance, Technical Writing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Environmental Compliance are similarly competent in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Environmental Specialists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $45K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Specialists make a median salary of $64K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Environmental Specialists will find that Tulsa offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 43 percent. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+37 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Denver (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Environmental Specialists is geography, with workers in Nashville earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries



Technical Writing
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National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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