Sustainability Director Salary

Sustainability Directors in the United States take home an average $102K annually. In the world of Sustainability Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $56K and $168K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $31K and $20K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Sustainability Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Women make up a slight majority of Sustainability Directors (52 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,165 - $150,049
MEDIAN: $102,365

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$56,165 - $150,049  
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Profit Sharing
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$56,447 - $167,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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Job Description for Sustainability Director

A sustainability director creates vision for the company as to how it can be more environmentally friendly. The director will then come up with programs that can be implemented in order to achieve a greener image. This may involve creating greener manufacturing processes, implementing energy saving processes, and creating buildings that are more environmentally sustainable. Often, the sustainability director will be given a budget, so it is essential to be able to come up with a cost-efficient plan.


Sustainability Director Tasks

  • Develop systems to monitor a company’s sustainability, and determine if goals are met.
  • Create reports on company sustainability to present to the media, government, public, and other interest groups.
  • Design and implement strategies which help a company reduce resource use, energy use, pollution, and waste.

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Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Director

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Sustainability Directors. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $80K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $108K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $111K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $130K.

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Experience Affects Sustainability Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Sustainability Director Salaries

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.


52 %
48 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 4%