Over three-fourths of Senior Environmental Engineers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $73K to $128K per year, and the average comes out to $92K annually. In the world of Senior Environmental Engineers, overall income ranges from $73K near the bottom to $128K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Senior Environmental Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Environmental Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,333 - $124,259
MEDIAN: $91,758

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$71,333 - $124,259  
$0.00 - $15,361  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $12,040  
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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).
$72,581 - $127,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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

Survey results imply that Senior Environmental Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Title V Permitting, Environmental Consulting, Project Management, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Environmental Consulting also tend to know Engineering Design and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Environmental Engineer

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Senior Environmental Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $78K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $85K. Senior Environmental Engineers see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $110K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

Title V Permitting
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Environmental Consulting
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Project Management
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Regulatory Compliance
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Engineering Design
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Environmental Compliance

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


27 %
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 6%