Environmental Technician Salary (United States)

Environmental Technicians in the United States can typically expect wages of $15.27 per hour. Compensation starts at $10.64 per hour and can reach $22.65. Residency and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Environmental Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Environmental Technician Salary (?
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$29,951 - $61,300
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61K
MEDIAN: $39,608
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Environmental Technician Salary (?
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$10.64 - $22.65
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,951 - $61,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,838  
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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$23,656 - $56,421  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $22.65  
   
Overtime
$14.96 - $34.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,838  
   
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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$23,656 - $56,421  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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 it's uncommon, some Environmental Technicians move into roles as Environmental Project Managers, bringing in an extra $27K per year. A typical promotion for Environmental Technicians is becoming Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, where they can expect an extra $9,688 or $11,198 per year.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician

Survey takers who work as Environmental Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, leading to increases of 11 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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.
For Environmental Technicians, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. At career start, salaries are typically $36K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Environmental Technicians who have made it this far report earning around $42K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—around two-thirds of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Environmental Technicians in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 2 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 15%
National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 8%
National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 14%
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