Average Salary for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Employees

An average U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee can expect to make $87K per year. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, what you do at the company and geography are also reported as secondary influences on salary at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The data for this overview comes from answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Median Salary by Job


Environmental Scientist
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Environmental Engineer
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Program Analyst
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Environmental Protection Specialist
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Public Affairs Specialist
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  • Updated: 08 Nov 2017
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About This Company

United States Government, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $79K annually. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach $57K per year. The largest slice of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workforce (31 percent) has been working for 10-19 years and earns, on average, $96K annually.


Environmental Protection Specialists represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $96K per year — though Environmental Engineers, Environmental Scientists, and Biologists also do fairly well at around $84K, about $82K, and $81K, respectively. With salaries averaging approximately $54K, Geographic Information Systems Analysts are among the lowest paid at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $96K annually) can be spotted in Denver, Colo.; Washington, DC ($96K), Durham, N.C. ($89K), and San Francisco, Calif. (about $88K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is Cincinnati, Ohio at approximately $71K. By state, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees make the most in Washington, earning $122K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach about $140K annually for Licensed Lawyers; non-accredited workers make much less. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Licensed Professional Geologists with credentials; these people earn $97K per year on average. The highest-paying degree here is a B.A. in Bachelor of Arts (BA); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awards around $104K to these degree-holders.


When it comes to skills, Regulatory Compliance seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $104K annually. A common skill in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's work force is Data Analysis; one-third of survey participants report using it on the job. Project Management, Technical Writing, and Research Analysis are also desirable skills.

Benefits and Perks

Only two-fifths of respondents receive paid vacation and sick leave. The firm looks out for its employees by sponsoring assorted retirement savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and the larger part of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Privileges also include a casual working environment, optional telecommute / work from home, and flexible hours.

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Key Stats for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


48 %
52 %
$36,492 - $104,820
$61,721 - $112,457

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$36,000 - $109,000
$54,040 - $120,511
$70,986 - $114,656
$73,900 - $147,395

Popular Locations for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  1. Washington, District of Columbia
  2. Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. Durham, North Carolina
  5. Cincinnati, Ohio
  6. Denver, Colorado
  7. San Francisco, California

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