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Environmental Technician Salary

Environmental Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $15.34 per hour on average. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Environmental Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Environmental Technicians (68 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$29,826 - $60,576
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MEDIAN: $39,633
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,826 - $60,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,923  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,500  
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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$23,752 - $55,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.70 - $22.78  
   
Overtime
$14.77 - $34.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $2,500  
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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$23,752 - $55,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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Job Description for Environmental Technician

Institutions such as government agencies, public works administration agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations study the environment and the effects of proposed or existing man-made infrastructure. The environmental technician goes into the field to examine soil and water samples; he or she may use a variety of instruments to detect air cleanliness as well. Using sensitive laboratory equipment, the environmental technician studies these samples to determine how existing structures are changing the environment, as well as developing forecasts on continued effects. The environmental technician then creates reports for their organization for use developing policies, policy recommendations, and other purposes. If the environmental technician is employed by a for-profit institution, he or she makes recommendations on staying in compliance with environmental regulations and laws.

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Environmental Technician Tasks

  • Inspect equipment and tools for appropriate maintenace, cleaning, monitoring, and performance.
  • Inspect operational behavior for compliance and irregularities, collecting data, and making recommendations.
  • Oversee construction, manufacturing or other operations to ensure safe working environment and minimal environmental disruption.
  • Communicate and document information about hazards, dangers and air/site quality.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Survey takers who work as Environmental Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Consulting will likely experience a boost in pay, earning between 5 percent to 10 percent above the national average. Most people skilled in Environmental Compliance are similarly competent in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Environmental Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. For Environmental Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $43K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Environmental Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 15%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 7%


National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%