Environmental Specialist Salary

Median pay for Environmental Specialists in the United States is around $52K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Environmental Specialists spread between $35K and $83K depending on individual performance. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Environmental Specialists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Environmental Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,538 - $81,488

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$13.32 - $29.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,538 - $81,488  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,525  
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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$34,787 - $83,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.32 - $29.85  
   
Overtime
$21.13 - $44.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $7,525  
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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$34,787 - $83,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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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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While not commonly seen, Environmental Specialists who transition into an Environmental Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Environmental Managers is $80K per year. The most common promotion for Environmental Specialists is an Environmental Scientist position, which usually brings in $47K a year. Another standard transition for Environmental Specialists seeking advancement is to assume an Environmental Engineer role, where pay is often $60K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Dow Chemical Co attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $73K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Environmental Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 59 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. It is often found that people who know Environmental Compliance are also skilled 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $54K. For Environmental Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Environmental Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Environmental Specialists in Tulsa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Environmental Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+37 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). Environmental Specialists in Nashville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles and Austin (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$50,000

Data Analysis
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Environmental Consulting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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