Entry-Level Environmental Scientist Salary

Average Entry-Level Environmental Scientists make around $46K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Environmental Scientists — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $35K to approximately $61K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women Entry-Level Environmental Scientists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Entry-Level Environmental Scientists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,968 - $60,269
$35K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,387
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$14.90 - $25.51
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$0$60K
Salary $34,968 - $60,269
Bonus $0.00 - $4,946
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,102
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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$34,491 - $60,452
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,932
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $14.90 - $25.51
Hourly Tips $1.67
Overtime $18.93 - $34.79
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,946
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $4,102
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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$34,491 - $60,452
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 528

Environmental Scientist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Scientist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Environmental Scientists include Aecom Corporation, Amec Earth and Environmental, Inc., Apex Companies, Llc., Tetra Tech, Inc., and Arcadis, Inc. Burns & Mcdonnell leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $52K. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists will also find cushy salaries at CH2M Hill (+$51K), Arcadis, Inc. (+$51K), and Aecom Technology Group, Inc. (+$48K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Trileaf Corporation ($38K), Terracon ($39K), and Apex Companies, Llc. ($40K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,250

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

Entry-Level Environmental Scientists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Entry-Level Environmental Scientists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Sacramento (+11 percent), Pittsburgh (+9 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in San Antonio and 8 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Environmental Scientist Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Environmental Scientist in Watertown:
Be proactive. Notice what you don't know, and learn it. Notice what you could do better, and then make a plan to get better and do it. Notice what is important to the people around you, and help them get what they need.

Environmental Scientist in Seattle:
"Advice."
Note: My experience is limited to consulting for a medium-sized but high end national firm. There may not be as much room for growth as you think, without an advanced degree. If you are out of college, expect to do a lot of boring grunt work for not much thanks. You must be your own advocate and gracefully but consistently push for opportunities that interest you. If you are a creative person you may end up hating this job. You may not end up making as much money as you think. You will be exposed to a diverse array of work, but none of it is that complex or interesting.

Environmental Scientist in Philadelphia:
"Need to be attention to detail and writing."
Be proactive, be able to give information on time to supervisor, Know what you are doing.

Environmental Scientist in San Diego:
"Engineers Make Much More Than Biologists Doing The Same Job."
If you don't believe in the cause, do something else. You will not make a lot of money in this job and there are lots of road blocks to being successful in reaching environmental goals but it is worth it when you reach a goal if you believe in the cause.

Key Stats for Environmental Scientist

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
12%

Skills That Affect Environmental Scientist Salaries









Project Management
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autodesk autocad
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National Average
$45,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Project
▼1%

Microsoft Access
▼4%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼7%

AutoCAD
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 11%