Environmental Technician Salary (United States)

Environmental Technicians in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $15.27 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $10.64 per hour and does not exceed $22.65. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and about half collecting vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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 (?
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$23,656 - $56,421  
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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. Career advancement for Environmental Technicians often leads to becoming Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, where they can earn $9,688 or $11,198 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician

Environmental Technicians report a narrow range of specific skills. Mastery of Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Environmental Consulting skills often translates to an increase in salary: 11 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $36K, increasing to $41K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Environmental Technicians encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $42K annually. 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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$37,000
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For those looking to make money, Environmental Technicians in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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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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