Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

With four-fifths of Senior Environmental Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Senior Environmental Engineers is $92K annually and can range from $72K on the lower end to $137K per year near the higher end. In the world of Senior Environmental Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $17K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $72K and $137K. 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. Male Senior Environmental Engineers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Work is enjoyable for Senior Environmental Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$70,248 - $124,804

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$70,248 - $124,804  
$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).
$72,203 - $137,073  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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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Survey results show that Senior Environmental Engineers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Consulting, and Environmental Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Engineering Design. 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.

For many Senior Environmental Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $72K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $86K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $94K in this role. 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 $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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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 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: 76% employee benefits None: 4%