Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

The majority of Senior Environmental Engineers in the United States — roughly four in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $72K to $136K per year, and the median is $91K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Environmental Engineers — which occasionally include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $136K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Senior Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Senior Environmental Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,086 - $124,178
MEDIAN: $91,322

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$70,086 - $124,178  
$0.00 - $16,711  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $7,973  
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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).
$72,073 - $136,227  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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Job Description for Senior Environmental Engineer

Senior environmental engineers lead a variety of environmental and/or engineering projects for their organization. They work with facilities to ensure that their environmental projects meet all requirements set by the government and their organization. These engineers must develop and communicate goal and expectations with their team, providing guidance, feedback, and discipline to subordinates as necessary. Additionally, they help guide their organization's interactions with state, local, and federal agencies. Senior environmental engineers are also responsible for making sure that projects under their supervision are finished within budget limitations and within deadlines. They provide presentations to management for ongoing projects as necessary.


Senior Environmental Engineer Tasks

  • Counsel team members, maintain contact with vendors, and act as Project Manager for various projects.
  • Formulate recommendations based on area development and potential pollution risks.
  • Monitor environmental sites, doing inspections and assessing risk to formulate data and reports.
  • Research, suggest, develop, and establish economically feasible solutions for environmental site improvements.

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Senior Environmental Engineers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Consulting, and Environmental Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Engineering Design and Environmental Compliance. Environmental Consulting and Regulatory Compliance are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Environmental Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Senior Environmental Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $87K. Senior Environmental Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $113K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Regulatory Compliance

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Environmental Consulting
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Environmental Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.


31 %
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 4%