Sustainability Director Salary

Earnings for Sustainability Directors in the United States come in at around $102K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Sustainability Directors range from $56K on the low end to $168K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $20K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Sustainability Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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Professional skills reported by Sustainability Directors are few in number. Energy Conservation & Efficiency and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Director

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

Sustainability Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $80K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $108K. Sustainability Directors see a median salary of $111K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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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Project Management
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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%