Environmental Specialist Salary

Earnings for Environmental Specialists in the United States come in at around $53K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Environmental Specialists approaches anywhere from $35K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men working as Environmental Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,409 - $81,633
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,910
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$12.40 - $30.24
(Median)
$12
$19
$30
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
$36,409 - $81,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,626  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,542  
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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$34,733 - $83,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 583
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$20.69 - $45.15  
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 - $9,626  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $7,542  
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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$34,733 - $83,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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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Environmental Specialists who transition into an Environmental Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $81K per year. Environmental Specialists most often advance into Environmental Scientist and Environmental Scientist positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Dow Chemical Co offers the most; Environmental Specialists earn $73K on average there.

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Survey results suggest that Environmental Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Environmental Compliance, Technical Writing, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Environmental Specialists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $54K. Environmental Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Tulsa offers some of the highest pay in the country for Environmental Specialists, 42 percent above the national average. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+36 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Denver (+21 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Environmental Specialist's salary, with Nashville Environmental Specialists earning salaries that are 27 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Austin and Atlanta (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries



Technical Writing
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$50,000

Environmental Consulting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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