Sustainability Manager Salary

Earnings for Sustainability Managers in the United States come in at around $74K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $16K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Sustainability Managers spread between $46K and $112K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Women make up a slight majority of Sustainability Managers (58 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,125 - $103,030
(Median)
$48K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,760
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$14.29 - $38.17
(Median)
$14
$22
$38
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,125 - $103,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,036  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $14,899  
Commission
$15,000  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$46,308 - $112,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.29 - $38.17  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,036  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $14,899  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$46,308 - $112,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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Job Description for Sustainability Manager

Sustainability managers help their companies balance out their impact on the environment, generally by advising management regarding what should be improved to lessen negative impacts. They may also carry out evaluations of departments and operations within the company to determine areas of improvement, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing more effective modes of transportation, managing waste disposal, reducing the company's "carbon footprint," and conserving energy and water. These evaluations must always be conducted in an objective and professional manner.

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Sustainability Manager Tasks

  • Supervise employees on sustainability endeavors.
  • Evaluate and develop methodologies for sustainability initiatives.
  • Enact and socialize policies on an organization's energy use, resource conservation, and waste management.

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Popular Skills for Sustainability Manager


Survey results show that Sustainability Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Strategy Development, Data Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 29 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Program Management, and Project Management. Employees educated in Program Management are typically practiced in Project Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Manager

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 Managers. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $63K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $78K. Sustainability Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $100K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $109K.

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Experience Affects Sustainability Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 34%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Sustainability Manager Salaries

Strategy Development
up arrow 33%

Data Analysis
up arrow 29%

Sustainability
up arrow 20%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 20%

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
up arrow 13%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 13%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 5%

National Average
$75,000

Project Management
up arrow 3%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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