Sustainability Manager Salary

The average Sustainability Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $73K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Sustainability Managers spread between $46K and $115K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Sustainability Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Sustainability Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,809 - $110,257
$47K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,137
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,809 - $110,257  
   
Bonus
$727 - $14,975  
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $20,000  
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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$46,183 - $114,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.00  
   
Overtime
$21.72  
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
$727 - $14,975  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$75.00 - $20,000  
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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$46,183 - $114,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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

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

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Popular Skills for Sustainability Manager


Survey results imply that Sustainability Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Lucky workers who know Strategy Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 36 percent above average. Strategic Planning and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 36 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Energy Conservation & Efficiency, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Environmental Consulting. Aptitude in Program Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Manager

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $65K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $76K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $105K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,408

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Sustainability Managers in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Sustainability Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+23 percent), Boston (+20 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Sustainability Managers in Portland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 26 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (17 percent lower) and Washington (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Sustainability Manager

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Sustainability Manager Salaries

▲44%

Late-Career
▲39%

▲3%

National Average
$73,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Sustainability Manager Salaries

Strategy Development
▲36%

Strategic Planning
▲14%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲14%

Sustainability
▲14%



Program Management
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

Environmental Consulting
▼3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼5%

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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