Sustainability Manager Salary

The average Sustainability Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $74K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. More than half of Sustainability Managers (63 percent) survey participants are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,048 - $103,288
(Median)
$48K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,812
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$15.21 - $38.47
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$22
$38
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,048 - $103,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,344  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $12,000  
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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$45,983 - $112,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $38.47  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,344  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $12,000  
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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$45,983 - $112,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Survey results suggest that Sustainability Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Strategy Development, Strategic Planning, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 30 percent, and 26 percent, respectively. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Program Management and Project Management also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Manager

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


Sustainability Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $79K. On average, Sustainability Managers make $100K following one to two decades on the job. Sustainability Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $107K.

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Experience Affects Sustainability Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Sustainability Manager Salaries

Strategy Development
up arrow 31%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 30%

Data Analysis
up arrow 26%

Sustainability
up arrow 20%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 5%

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
up arrow 3%

National Average
$76,000

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Program Management
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

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