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 $32K on the low end to $86K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $11K and $8K, respectively. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction for Environmental Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,786 - $88,567
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$37K
$54K
$89K
MEDIAN: $53,506
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$11.50 - $27.18
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$11
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,786 - $88,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,500  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $7,799  
Total Pay (?
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$32,457 - $86,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $27.18  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $41.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $7,799  
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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$32,457 - $86,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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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. The most common promotion for Environmental Specialists is an Environmental Scientist position, which usually brings in $48K 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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Environmental Specialists include Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., Triumvirate, Stericycle, Inc., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Department of Environmental Protection. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, ONEOK Inc offers the most; Environmental Specialists earn $83K on average there. Dow Chemical Co, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Stericycle, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Environmental Specialists earning around $73K, $57K, or $47K at each firm, respectively.

Triumvirate, Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., and Department of Environmental Protection are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($44K, $45K, and $46K respectively).

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Survey results suggest that Environmental Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $63K. Environmental Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,115

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With a pay rate for Environmental Specialists that is 50 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+47 percent), Tulsa (+43 percent), Oklahoma City (+37 percent), and Dallas (+23 percent). Environmental Specialists in Nashville take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Raleigh and Atlanta (17 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries




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$50,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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