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Environmental Specialist Salary (United States)

Pay for Environmental Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $52K per year. Total cash compensation for Environmental Specialists runs from $35K to $84K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $9K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Environmental Specialists is high. Male Environmental Specialists are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Environmental Specialist Salary (?
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$36,376 - $81,548
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MEDIAN: $51,965
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Environmental Specialist Salary (?
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$12.15 - $32.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,376 - $81,548  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,748  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $5,093  
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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$34,609 - $83,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 495
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $32.44  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $44.04  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,748  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $5,093  
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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$34,609 - $83,751  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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 not the most common occurrence, Environmental Specialists sometimes become Environmental Managers, where the average income is $80K per year. Environmental Specialists most often advance into Environmental Scientist and Environmental Scientist positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist

Environmental Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Project Management, Data Analysis, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

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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Washington
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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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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Tulsa is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Specialists, 62 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Freeport (+51 percent), Los Angeles (+50 percent), Oklahoma City (+38 percent), and Washington (+24 percent). Environmental Specialists in Nashville earn salaries far below the national average by 26 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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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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Technical Writing
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Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$50,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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