Environmental Specialist Salary (United States)

A typical Environmental Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49,502 per year. Pay ranges from $34,041 on the low end to $83,304 per year on the higher side. Residency and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Environmental Specialists making up 59 percent of workers. For the most part, Environmental Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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As Environmental Specialists make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $31K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Environmental Manager. More commonly, Environmental Specialists take pay cuts as they move into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental and Health Specialists, making $2,836 or $3,983 less per year, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The majority of those who know 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.
For many but not all Environmental Specialists, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, pay rises to approximately $55K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $62K. Even after two decades, Environmental Specialists continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within it.

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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Nashville
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Surpassing the national average by 76 percent, Environmental Specialists in Tulsa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Freeport, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Houston, top-paying markets where Environmental Specialists rake in more than the national norm (+52 percent, +50 percent, +39 percent, and +17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Environmental Specialists in Nashville earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%
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%
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