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Sustainability Manager Salary (United States)

The average Sustainability Manager in the United States earns approximately $73K per year. 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 employees, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women account for the majority of Sustainability Managers — 66 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Sustainability Manager Salary (?
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$46,225 - $102,290
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MEDIAN: $72,941
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National Salary Data

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$46,225 - $102,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,691  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,311  
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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$45,496 - $113,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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Job Description for Sustainability Manager

A sustainability manager is responsible for ensuring that the systems used by a company or organization can run indefinitely without loss of resources while maintaining economic viability and serving the needs of current and future generations. The manager will oversee resources to ensure that systems can support and sustain themselves with little or no interference. A good candidate for the job will be able to detect problems and set goals to resolve any issues or prevent potential issues. Creative thinking is a plus, and organizational skills are vital. A sustainability manager should have excellent communication skills, and should be able to share information with others as well as collaborate with other managers. Public speaking skills are favorable. The manager will oversee the development of environmentally friendly procedures in the company's operation and in dealings with outside vendors and partners. A bachelor's degree is required in an appropriate field of study such as conservation or education, and a good candidate for the job will have a few years of experience working in the sustainability field. The manager should be able to communicate at various levels, from conveying information to experts to using layman's terms to giving explanations to the general public. The position includes working independently at times, as well as working with a team or managing volunteers or interns. A sustainability manager should be comfortable working indoors and outdoors, and should be able to work some weekends and evenings as needed.
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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Sustainability Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Oral / Verbal Communication, Strategy Development, and Sustainability are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 30 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and Program Management.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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National Average
$76,000
Atlanta
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Washington
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San Francisco
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For Sustainability Managers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Sustainability Managers in San Francisco make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Washington and Atlanta (6 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Sustainability Manager Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 31%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$76,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Sustainability Manager Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 32%
Strategy Development
up arrow 30%
Sustainability
up arrow 18%
Energy Conservation & Efficiency
up arrow 10%
Environmental Consulting
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National Average
$76,000
Program Management
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%