Environmental Specialist Salary

An average Environmental Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $54K per year. Total cash earnings of Environmental Specialists range from $34K on the low end to $85K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $8K, respectively. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Environmental Specialists making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,534 - $84,561
(Median)
$37K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $53,758
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$11.92 - $28.97
(Median)
$12
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,534 - $84,561  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,751  
Profit Sharing
$968 - $7,681  
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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$34,429 - $85,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 695
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $28.97  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $45.64  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$968 - $7,681  
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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$34,429 - $85,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Environmental Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Environmental Managers earn $79K on average 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 Health & Safety Manager role, where pay is often $75K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Environmental Specialists include Triumvirate, Maryland Environmental Services, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Dow Chemical Co. 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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, Environmental Compliance, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people experienced in 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 Environmental Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. Environmental Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $63K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,697

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Environmental Specialists that is 42 percent greater than the national average, Tulsa offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+37 percent), Oklahoma City (+36 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). Environmental Specialists in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$51,000

Technical Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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