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Environmental Technician Salary

Average Environmental Technicians in the United States make around $15.35 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,945 - $60,700
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,002
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$10.35 - $22.55
(Median)
$10
$15
$23
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
$29,945 - $60,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,959  
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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$23,462 - $55,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $22.55  
   
Overtime
$15.23 - $34.19  
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 - $2,959  
   
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).
)
$23,462 - $55,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 439

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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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Environmental Technicians do not often transition into Environmental Project Manager roles. The role averages $64K per year. Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists are common next-step roles for Environmental Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Environmental Scientists is $10K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Environmental Specialists.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Survey results show that Environmental Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, leading to increases ranging from 5 percent to 11 percent. Those proficient in Environmental Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $42K. Environmental Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $43K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 6%


National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 14%