Senior Environmental Engineer Salary

With more than three-quarters of Senior Environmental Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $75K to $139K per year and averages out to $93K per year. In the world of Senior Environmental Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $75K and $139K. Location and tenure 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. Most Senior Environmental Engineers survey respondents are men (71 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$72,227 - $125,834
MEDIAN: $92,898

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$72,227 - $125,834  
$970 - $18,740  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $8,054  
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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).
$74,560 - $139,226  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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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 Senior Environmental Engineer

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Senior Environmental Engineers who take on a higher-level position such as Environmental Manager may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Environmental Managers on average bring home $79K.

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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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $73K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $86K. Senior Environmental Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $97K. Professionals with more than two decades of experience behind them enjoy a prosperous six-figure median salary of $112K.

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Experience Affects Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Environmental Engineer Salaries

Title V Permitting
up arrow 14%

Project Management
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Environmental Consulting
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Regulatory Compliance

National Average

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.


29 %
71 %

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: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 2%