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.