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Senior Environmental Engineer Salary (United States)

Four in five of Senior Environmental Engineers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $72K to $131K per year, but median earnings come to around $91K per year. In the world of Senior Environmental Engineers, overall income ranges from $72K near the bottom to $131K at the top; this can include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Environmental Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Senior Environmental Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Senior Environmental Engineer Salary (?
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.
$70,403 - $122,584
MEDIAN: $91,315
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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.
$70,403 - $122,584  
$0.00 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,841  
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).
$72,412 - $131,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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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Popular Skills for Senior Environmental Engineer

Senior Environmental Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Engineering Design and Environmental Consulting. 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 do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $76K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $86K. Senior Environmental Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $113K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Senior Environmental Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 8 percent greater than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Seattle, 4 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%