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Environmental Technician Salary

Median pay for Environmental Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.40 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Environmental Technicians (69 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,592 - $60,954
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,956
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$10.37 - $22.59
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,592 - $60,954  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $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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$23,327 - $55,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $22.59  
   
Overtime
$15.27 - $34.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $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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$23,327 - $55,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 452

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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. It is quite typical for Environmental Technicians to transition into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, where reported median earnings are $10K and $11K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Survey takers who work as Environmental Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems, and Environmental Consulting can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning between 5 percent to 11 percent more than the national average. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance also tend to 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Technicians make a median salary of $42K. Environmental Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


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 102 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 15%
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