Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

Around four-fifths 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 $136K per year, but median earnings come to around $91K annually. In the world of Senior Environmental Engineers, overall income ranges from $72K near the bottom to $136K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Male Senior Environmental Engineers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (68 percent) are men. For the most part, Senior Environmental Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,127 - $124,117
MEDIAN: $91,192

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$70,127 - $124,117  
$0.00 - $17,232  
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).
$72,105 - $136,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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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Professional skills reported by Senior Environmental Engineers are few in number. 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. Those with knowledge of Environmental Consulting tend to be skilled in Regulatory Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Environmental Engineer

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $94K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $113K.

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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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Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


32 %
68 %

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%