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Environmental Specialist Salary (United States)

Environmental Specialists in the United States typically take home $52K annually. Final cash compensation to Environmental Specialists varies from around $34K to approximately $83K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $9K and $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Men working as Environmental Specialists just barely outnumber women at 59 percent. Job satisfaction for Environmental Specialists is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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 (?
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  
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  
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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For Environmental Specialists, career progression to an Environmental Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Environmental Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $80K annually. Many Environmental Specialists advance into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Scientists, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist

Environmental Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Most people familiar with 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. Environmental Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $75K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Tulsa
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Freeport
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Los Angeles
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Oklahoma City
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Houston
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Richmond
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Denver
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Seattle
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National Average
$50,000
Dallas
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With a pay rate for Environmental Specialists that is 76 percent greater than the national average, Tulsa offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Freeport, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Houston also offer top salaries for Environmental Specialists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 52 percent, 50 percent, 39 percent, and 17 percent more, respectively. Environmental Specialists in Nashville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less 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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

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%