Environmental Technician Salary

Average Environmental Technicians in the United States make around $15.13 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,096 - $60,570
$25K
$39K
$61K
MEDIAN: $39,346
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50%
90%

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$10.11 - $21.39
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.03
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$0$60K
Salary $25,096 - $60,570
Bonus $339.35 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $550
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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$21,472 - $53,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 170
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $10.11 - $21.39
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $17.58 - $33.32
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $339.35 - $5,152
Profit Sharing $550
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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$21,472 - $53,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 631

Job Description for Environmental Technician

Institutions such as government agencies, public works administration agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations study the environment and the effects of proposed or existing man-made infrastructure. The environmental technician goes into the field to examine soil and water samples; he or she may use a variety of instruments to detect air cleanliness as well. Using sensitive laboratory equipment, the environmental technician studies these samples to determine how existing structures are changing the environment, as well as developing forecasts on continued effects. The environmental technician then creates reports for their organization for use developing policies, policy recommendations, and other purposes. If the environmental technician is employed by a for-profit institution, he or she makes recommendations on staying in compliance with environmental regulations and laws.

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Environmental Technician Tasks

  • Inspect operational behavior for compliance and irregularities, collecting data, and making recommendations.
  • Communicate and document information about hazards, dangers, and air/site quality.
  • Inspect equipment and tools for appropriate maintenance, cleaning, monitoring, and performance.
  • Oversee construction, manufacturing, or other operations to ensure safe working environment and minimal environmental disruption.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Technician


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Environmental Technicians do not often transition into Environmental Project Manager roles. The role averages $64K per year. It is quite typical for Environmental Technicians to transition into roles as Environmental Scientists or Environmental Specialists, where reported median earnings are $13K and $15K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Technician


Environmental Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Data Analysis, and Environmental Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 77 percent, 36 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Cleaning, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in Environmental Compliance also know Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Technician

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 513 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 166 salaries. An experienced Environmental Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 123 salaries. An Environmental Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 34 salaries.

Environmental Technician Reviews

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

Environmental Technician in Jamestown:
Pros: I used to like the hours now they have put us to 40 per week.
Cons: No smoking on campas and if you punch out to smoke they write you up.

Environmental Technician in Colorado Springs:
"Sample collection."
Pros: Both office and field, flexible, good benefits (result of mining company)
Cons: No GIS work is done, micromanaging, unforeseen problems, high stress while being responsible for haz waste,

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Key Stats for Environmental Technician

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Environmental Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

▲2%

National Average
$35,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Environmental Technician Salaries

Project Management
▲77%

Data Analysis
▲36%



Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▲13%


National Average
$35,000

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 25%