Environmental Technician Salary
|Salary||$24,874 - $58,865|
|Bonus||$351.17 - $5,171|
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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).)
|$21,303 - $52,556|
|Hourly Rate||$10.02 - $21.43|
|Overtime||$17.32 - $32.87|
|Bonus||$351.17 - $5,171|
|Total Pay (||$21,303 - $52,556|
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.Read More...
Much of the environmental technician’s job is performed in the field; when in the field, the technician makes careful notes not only about samples to be tested, but also on weather and other factors under which these samples were gathered. The technician must be organized and familiar with the most current and state of the art laboratory testing equipment.
To work in this field, a person normally needs at least a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, biology, or a related field. Because of the analysis performed, many employers also look for a strong background in mathematics and statistics for this position. An environmental technician typically works daytime hours during the week and splits time between fieldwork and laboratory analysis. Depending on the situation of the employer, it is likely that travel will also be a key part of this job. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Environmental Technician Tasks
- 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.
- Inspect equipment and tools for appropriate maintenace, cleaning, monitoring, and performance.
- Inspect operational behavior for compliance and irregularities, collecting data, and making recommendations.
Common Career Paths for Environmental Technician
Environmental Technicians do not often transition into Environmental Project Manager roles. The role averages $64K per year. It is quite typical for Environmental Technicians to transition into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, where reported median earnings are $13K and $15K higher per year.
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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician
Environmental Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Data Analysis, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 36 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Cleaning, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Environmental Compliance also know Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Technician
Pay by Experience for an Environmental Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 513 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Environmental Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 123 salaries. An Environmental Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 34 salaries.
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