Environmental Technician Salary

The average Environmental Technician in the United States earns approximately $15.52 per hour. Location and years of experience 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 around half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,280 - $62,472
(Median)
$29K
$40K
$62K
MEDIAN: $40,409
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$9.99 - $22.81
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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 some Environmental Technicians move into positions like Environmental Project Manager (where the average salary is $64K), this progression is not the norm. Environmental Technicians typically move into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, and those positions pay $10K more and $12K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Survey takers who work as 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. Cleaning, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. For most people, competency in Environmental Compliance indicates knowledge of 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Environmental Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $48K.

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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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