Average Senior Environmental Scientist Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Environmental Scientist is $79,575.
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$58k - $107k
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$59k - $108k

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Job Description for Senior Environmental Scientist

Senior Environmental Scientist Tasks
  • Lead environmental planning projects, establishing and managing schedules, goals, and budgets.
  • Act as a resource for project staff and environmental scientists, providing scientific and technical guidance.
  • Prepare technical evaluations and validate analytical data retrieved from field work, conducting corrective actions.
  • Lead, conduct, and determine methods for site investigations and assessments, data collection, and environmental sampling.
  • Prepare reports, charts, graphs, and presentations that interpret data samples and recommend actions.

Job Satisfaction for Senior Environmental Scientist

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Environmental Scientist

The top respondents for the job title Senior Environmental Scientist are from the companies Aecom Corporation, Arcadis, Inc. and GHD Group. Reported salaries are highest at Aecom Corporation where the average pay is $90,057. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Arcadis, Inc., earning around $88,200. GHD Group pays the lowest at around $65,000. Navarro Research and Engineering also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $80,500.

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Popular Skills for Senior Environmental Scientist

Skills in Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Analysis, Environmental Compliance, Technical Writing and Environmental Consulting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Environmental Scientist

An early career Senior Environmental Scientist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $77,123 based on 17 salaries. A mid-career Senior Environmental Scientist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,368 based on 50 salaries. An experienced Senior Environmental Scientist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $81,795 based on 112 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $87,114.
Employees with Senior Environmental Scientist in their job title in Arlington, Virginia earn an average of 19.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (5.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (19.6% less), Lake Charles, Louisiana (18.3% less) and Vancouver, Washington (16.9% less).

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