Environmental Technician Salary

Median pay for Environmental Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.37 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-half. Most Environmental Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,490 - $60,728
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$29K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,788
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$10.25 - $22.62
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,490 - $60,728  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,035  
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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$23,016 - $55,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $22.62  
   
Overtime
$15.33 - $34.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $2,035  
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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$23,016 - $55,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
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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.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Technician


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Though some Environmental Technicians move into positions like Environmental Project Manager (where the average salary is $64K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Environmental Technician often leads to becoming an Environmental Scientist or an Environmental Specialist; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Survey takers who work as Environmental Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Consulting, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 11 percent. Cleaning, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Environmental Compliance also know Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Technician

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $45K on average.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%


Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 8%


National Average
$37,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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