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Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

More than three-quarters 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 $132K per year, but median earnings come to around $89K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Environmental Engineers — which occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $132K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Senior Environmental Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$70,306 - $123,174
MEDIAN: $89,434

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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.
$70,306 - $123,174  
$0.00 - $18,422  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $7,973  
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).
$72,283 - $132,003  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 201

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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 usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Engineering Design, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Environmental Compliance, Environmental Consulting, and Engineering Design. Many workers who know Environmental Consulting also know Regulatory Compliance.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $72K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $85K on average. Senior Environmental Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $114K.

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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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National Average

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Environmental Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 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%