Environmental Specialist Salary

The average Environmental Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K per year. Total incomes of Environmental Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $32K and $87K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Men make up a slight majority of Environmental Specialists (53 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Environmental Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,747 - $88,000
$37K
$55K
$88K
MEDIAN: $54,542
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$11.20 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $18.65
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$0$87K
Salary $36,747 - $88,000
Bonus $1.50 - $10,689
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,650
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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$32,122 - $87,059
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 534
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $11.20 - $29.81
Hourly Tips $4.45
Overtime $15.21 - $46.36
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $1.50 - $10,689
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,650
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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$32,122 - $87,059
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 236

Job Description for Environmental Specialist

An environmental specialist is in charge of enforcing and regulating the containment and disposal of hazardous materials.They help ensure that federal, state, and local regulations are followed, as well as perform environmental studies to determine the effects of pollution on the local environment. If a violation occurs, the environmental specialist must perform follow-up interviews and studies to ensure that the offending party corrects the situation and assess the effects on the environment. The environmental specialist must pay attention to detail and be well organized, as they are in charge of keeping inspection logs and submitting summaries of their inspection logs; these skills are also important for keeping accurate inventory records for hazardous materials and chemicals.

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Environmental Specialist Tasks

  • Design, develop, and execute the environmental management system.
  • Monitor waste storage programs across all sites and ensure waste streams are managed in compliance with local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Conduct chemical inventories, audits, and inspections of facilities.
  • Coordinate with a team of environmental specialists to support the overall facility compliance process.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Specialist


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Environmental Specialists do not often transition into Environmental Manager roles. The role averages $81K per year. An Environmental Scientist role is the most common promotion for Environmental Specialists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $48K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Environmental Specialists is an Environmental Engineer position, where earnings are usually $60K.

Environmental Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Specialist


Veolia Environmental Services, Inc., Triumvirate, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Stericycle, Inc., and Department of Environmental Protection are among the top companies that take on many Environmental Specialists. ONEOK Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $83K on average. Dow Chemical Co, Swca Environmental Consultants, Inc., and Maryland Environmental Services also offer top salaries for Environmental Specialists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $73K, $57K, and $46K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Veolia Environmental Services, Inc. ($42K), Stericycle, Inc. ($43K), and Triumvirate ($45K).

Popular Skills for Environmental Specialist


Environmental Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance also tend to know Technical Writing and Data Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 389 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 172 salaries. An experienced Environmental Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 148 salaries. An Environmental Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 63 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,374

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

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Specialists, 48 percent higher than the national average. Environmental Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+43 percent), Tulsa (+42 percent), Oklahoma City (+36 percent), and Los Angeles (+17 percent). Compared to the national average, Jefferson City Environmental Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 31 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville (27 percent lower) and Raleigh (18 percent lower).

Environmental Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Environmental Specialist?

Environmental Specialist in Denver:
Pros: The hours I work and who I work with.
Cons: The weather and not being able to work when the weather is bad.

Environmental Specialist in Baton Rouge:
"Challenging but rewarding."
Pros: People interaction.
Cons: Uninformed Management.

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Key Stats for Environmental Specialist

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Environmental Specialist Salaries

▲46%

▲28%

▲17%

National Average
$50,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Environmental Specialist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%