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Environmental Specialist Salary

An average Environmental Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $52K per year. 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 $5K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (55 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,618 - $81,660
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,216
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$11.84 - $30.54
(Median)
$12
$19
$31
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
$36,618 - $81,660  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,115  
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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$34,685 - $83,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 570
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $30.54  
   
Overtime
$20.96 - $46.38  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,115  
   
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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$34,685 - $83,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Though it's uncommon, some Environmental Specialists move into roles as Environmental Managers, where pay is an average $81K per year. Many Environmental Specialists advance into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Scientists, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


For Environmental Specialists, comfortable salaries can be found at Dow Chemical Co; in fact, median earnings sit around $73K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Survey results suggest that Environmental Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Consulting, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Those educated in Environmental Compliance tend to be well versed 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.


Environmental Specialists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Environmental Specialists, Freeport offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+48 percent), Tulsa (+43 percent), Oklahoma City (+37 percent), and Houston (+36 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Environmental Specialists is geography, with workers in Nashville earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Dallas (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries



Environmental Consulting
0%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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