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Environmental Technician Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Environmental Technicians in the United States typically comes in around $15.27 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. In a profession dominated by men, 68 percent of Environmental Technicians are male. The majority of Environmental Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Environmental Technician Salary (?
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$29,951 - $61,300
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MEDIAN: $39,608
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Environmental Technician Salary (?
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$10.64 - $22.65
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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 (?
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  
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  
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, where pay is usually $64K per year. Environmental Technicians typically move into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, and those positions pay $10K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician

Survey takers who work as Environmental Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Geographic Information Systems , and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.
For Environmental Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining 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 $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Environmental Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$37,000
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For Environmental Technicians, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 2 percent below the national average.

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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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Highly satisfied
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%