Environmental Technician Salary

Pay for Environmental Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.52 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Environmental Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,280 - $62,472
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,409
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$9.99 - $22.81
(Median)
$10
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,280 - $62,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$21,940 - $56,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $22.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$16.36 - $35.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$21,940 - $56,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 563
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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, where pay is an average $64K per year. Environmental Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Environmental Technicians usually report a few specific 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 6 percent and 10 percent. Those listing Cleaning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $43K. For Environmental Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 20%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 7%


National Average
$37,000

Cleaning
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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