Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

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 $73K to $140K per year, but median earnings come to around $93K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Environmental Engineers runs from $73K to $140K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $18K and profit sharing that can reach almost $8K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Senior Environmental Engineers survey respondents are men (72 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,728 - $126,304
MEDIAN: $92,717

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National Salary Data (?
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$70,728 - $126,304  
$0.00 - $18,000  
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).
$72,714 - $139,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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.

Common Career Paths for

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Many Senior Environmental Engineers move into Environmental Manager roles. Environmental Managers seem to make a little less than Senior Environmental Engineers as their salaries average out to $80K a year.

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Survey results suggest that Senior Environmental Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Title V Permitting, Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Environmental Compliance and Engineering Design. Competency in Environmental Consulting frequently indicates knowledge of Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Senior Environmental Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $86K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Environmental Engineers make a median salary of $96K. Senior Environmental Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $113K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Title V Permitting
up arrow 16%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance

National Average

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 1%

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 4%

Engineering Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


28 %
72 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 3%