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Environmental Scientist Average Salary in United Kingdom 2021

How much money does an Environmental Scientist make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
118,000 GBP
( 9,820 GBP monthly)


A person working as an Environmental Scientist in United Kingdom typically earns around 118,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 61,300 GBP (lowest) to 180,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Environmental Scientist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Environmental Scientist Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Environmental Scientist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Environmental Scientist salaries in United Kingdom range from 61,300 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 180,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 113,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Environmental Scientist(s) are earning less than 113,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 113,000 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Environmental Scientist(s) are earning less than 78,500 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 78,500 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Environmental Scientist(s) are earning less than 141,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 141,000 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Environmental Scientist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Environmental Scientist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Environmental Scientist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 69,600 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 93,400 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 121,000 GBP per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Environmental Scientist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 147,000 GBP per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 161,000 GBP per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 169,000 GBP per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Environmental Scientist average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
69,600 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
93,400 GBP
5 - 10 Years+30%
121,000 GBP
10 - 15 Years+21%
147,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
161,000 GBP
20+ Years+5%
169,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Environmental Scientist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Environmental Scientist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Environmental Scientist
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Environmental Scientist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Environmental Scientist is 89,800 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 111,000 GBP per year, 24% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 178,000 GBP per year, 60% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Environmental Scientist average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
89,800 GBP
Master's Degree+24%
111,000 GBP
178,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 29,600 Pound Sterling(s) to 88,700 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Environmental Scientist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Environmental Scientist
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Environmental Scientist employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

120,000 GBP
115,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Environmental Scientist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Environmental Scientist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Environmental Scientist

Environmental Scientist(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Environmental Scientist
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Environmental Scientist Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Environmental Scientist
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An Environmental Scientist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Environmental Scientist Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

57 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 57 GBP. This means that the average Environmental Scientist in United Kingdom earns approximately 57 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Environmental Scientist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Environmental Scientist and Environmental yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Environmental Scientist is 57% more than that of Environmental. Also, Environmental salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Environment Advisor98,600 GBP-16%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist120,000 GBP+2%
Environmental Compliance Inspector51,400 GBP-56%
Environmental Coordinator39,800 GBP-66%
Environmental Economist110,000 GBP-7%
Environmental Educator86,600 GBP-26%
Environmental Engineer65,700 GBP-44%
Environmental Health Practitioner129,000 GBP+10%
Environmental Manager116,000 GBP-2%
Environmental Officer36,400 GBP-69%
Environmental Planner43,300 GBP-63%
Environmental Protection Officer35,000 GBP-70%
Environmental Restoration Planner66,000 GBP-44%
Environmental Scientist118,000 GBP+0%
Environmental Services Coordinator39,200 GBP-67%
Environmental Specialist52,200 GBP-56%
Environmental Superintendent45,000 GBP-62%
Environmental Technician36,000 GBP-69%
Forestry Consultant81,600 GBP-31%
Forestry Supervisor51,100 GBP-57%
Geologist121,000 GBP+3%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner121,000 GBP+3%
Toxicologist78,000 GBP-34%
Waste Management Manager109,000 GBP-7%
Waste Tracking Specialist88,000 GBP-25%
Water Treatment Superintendent60,300 GBP-49%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen123,000 GBP
Abingdon108,000 GBP
Armagh115,000 GBP
Bangor99,100 GBP
Belfast122,000 GBP
Birmingham136,000 GBP
Bradford128,000 GBP
Brighton124,000 GBP
Bristol132,000 GBP
Cambridge113,000 GBP
Canterbury105,000 GBP
Cardiff122,000 GBP
Chester108,000 GBP
Coventry125,000 GBP
Derby121,000 GBP
Derry109,000 GBP
Dundee119,000 GBP
Durham105,000 GBP
Edinburgh131,000 GBP
Exeter110,000 GBP
Glasgow134,000 GBP
Gloucester109,000 GBP
Hartlepool106,000 GBP
Inverness107,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull120,000 GBP
Kirkwall103,000 GBP
Leeds139,000 GBP
Leicester133,000 GBP
Lincoln120,000 GBP
Lisburn105,000 GBP
Liverpool136,000 GBP
London137,000 GBP
Manchester133,000 GBP
Newcastle127,000 GBP
Newport122,000 GBP
Newry107,000 GBP
Norwich115,000 GBP
Nottingham127,000 GBP
Oxford118,000 GBP
Peterborough118,000 GBP
Plymouth121,000 GBP
Poole114,000 GBP
Portsmouth118,000 GBP
Ripon101,000 GBP
Salisbury104,000 GBP
Sheffield126,000 GBP
Somerset132,000 GBP
Southampton116,000 GBP
St Davids106,000 GBP
Stirling110,000 GBP
Stromness100,000 GBP
Strontian98,800 GBP
Swansea126,000 GBP
Truro100,000 GBP
Wakefield104,000 GBP
Wells107,000 GBP
Winchester112,000 GBP
Wolverhampton127,000 GBP
York123,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England223,000 GBP
Northern Ireland106,000 GBP
Scotland163,000 GBP
Wales112,000 GBP

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
69,500 GBP
Public Sector+4%
72,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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