For Sustainability Managers, annual average wages total $73K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Sustainability Managers can bottom out near $46K or peak near $111K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Sustainability Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$47,249 - $103,582
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $73,337
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,249 - $103,582  
   
Bonus
$965 - $15,227  
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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$46,299 - $111,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.00  
   
Overtime
$21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$965 - $15,227  
   
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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$46,299 - $111,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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


Sustainability Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategy Development, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 14 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Energy Conservation & Efficiency and Oral / Verbal Communication. Experience with Program Management is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Sustainability Manager

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


Sustainability Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $66K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $75K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Sustainability Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $104K on average.

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Experience Affects Sustainability Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Sustainability Manager Salaries

Strategy Development
up arrow 35%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 14%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 8%

Environmental Consulting
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Sustainability
up arrow 2%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$73,000

Program Management
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Energy Conservation & Efficiency
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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