Compare Your Salary
Average Salaries
Best Paying Jobs
Salary Increase Letter
Career Articles
Cost of Living Calculator

Environmental Average Salaries in United States 2020

How much money does a person working in Environmental make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
85,000 USD
( 7,090 USD monthly)


A person working in Environmental in United States typically earns around 85,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 64,600 USD (lowest average) to 112,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Environmental careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Environment Advisor88,200 USD
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist102,000 USD
Environmental Compliance Inspector76,200 USD
Environmental Coordinator69,700 USD
Environmental Economist92,700 USD
Environmental Educator87,500 USD
Environmental Engineer81,600 USD
Environmental Health Practitioner91,500 USD
Environmental Manager101,000 USD
Environmental Officer74,800 USD
Environmental Planner81,800 USD
Environmental Protection Officer69,800 USD
Environmental Restoration Planner90,000 USD
Environmental Scientist105,000 USD
Environmental Services Coordinator70,500 USD
Environmental Specialist73,100 USD
Environmental Superintendent73,700 USD
Environmental Technician72,600 USD
Forestry Consultant86,200 USD
Forestry Supervisor86,500 USD
Geologist110,000 USD
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner105,000 USD
Toxicologist76,300 USD
Waste Management Manager101,000 USD
Waste Tracking Specialist94,200 USD
Water Treatment Superintendent83,300 USD

Environmental Jobs Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Environmental
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/median-and-salary-distribution-yearly-united-states-environmental.jpg

The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Environmental salaries in United States range from 64,600 USD per year (minimum average salary) to 112,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 79,900 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Environmental are earning less than 79,900 USD while the other half are earning more than 79,900 USD. 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 people working in Environmental are earning less than 65,000 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 65,000 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Environmental are earning less than 90,200 USD while 25% are earning more than 90,200 USD.

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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-by-experience.jpg

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-comparison-by-education.jpg

It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

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 States costs anywhere from 36,500 US Dollar(s) to 109,000 US Dollar(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 this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Environmental Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States Environmental
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/salary-comparison-by-gender-yearly-united-states-environmental.jpg

Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

82,000 USD
87,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/salary-comparison-by-gender-yearly-united-states.jpg

Environmental Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Environmental professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Environmental professionals in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Environmental
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/annual-salary-increment-rate-united-states-environmental.jpg

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 States / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/annual-salary-increment-rate-united-states.jpg

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 States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. 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

Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-increment-world.jpg

Environmental Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Environmental
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/annual-salary-bonus-rate-united-states-environmental.jpg

Environmental is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

49% of surveyed staff in Environmental reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/public-vs-private-sector-salaries-yearly-united-states.jpg

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
85,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
89,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Environmental Salary Forecast and Trend in United States

How do Environmental salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United States Environmental
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/salary-trends-and-forecast-yearly-united-states-environmental.jpg
Average Salary 2016
76,800 USD
Average Salary 2017+4%
79,700 USD
Average Salary 2018+2%
80,900 USD
Average Salary 2019+2%
82,700 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Environmental salaries in United States are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Environmental Hourly Average Wage in United States

41 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 41 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximately 41 USD 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 VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Environmental and Environmental yearly United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/environmental/salary-comparison-between-environmental-and-environmental-yearly-united-states.jpg

The average salary for Environmental is 3% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta85,800 USD
Austin99,700 USD
Baltimore87,200 USD
Boston92,800 USD
Bristol72,000 USD
Chicago98,400 USD
Cincinnati72,800 USD
Cleveland75,200 USD
Dallas101,000 USD
Denver91,800 USD
Detroit92,800 USD
Honolulu71,800 USD
Houston106,000 USD
Indianapolis90,200 USD
Iowa City70,200 USD
Jacksonville97,500 USD
Kansas City82,900 USD
Kent71,000 USD
Las Vegas86,700 USD
Long Beach81,800 USD
Los Angeles103,000 USD
Memphis90,500 USD
Miami83,300 USD
Minneapolis75,600 USD
New Orleans79,100 USD
New York109,000 USD
Oakland80,200 USD
Oklahoma City85,300 USD
Orlando76,300 USD
Philadelphia100,000 USD
Phoenix98,500 USD
Sacramento84,300 USD
San Antonio103,000 USD
San Diego97,900 USD
San Francisco93,700 USD
San Jose96,200 USD
Seattle89,900 USD
Tampa78,900 USD
Vancouver71,400 USD
Washington D.C.93,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama91,000 USD
Alaska79,600 USD
Arizona94,700 USD
Arkansas87,700 USD
California100,000 USD
Colorado90,600 USD
Connecticut88,000 USD
Delaware81,800 USD
District of Columbia80,100 USD
Florida99,800 USD
Georgia98,100 USD
Hawaii83,900 USD
Idaho84,000 USD
Illinois99,300 USD
Indiana94,900 USD
Iowa87,900 USD
Kansas87,900 USD
Kentucky90,700 USD
Louisiana90,800 USD
Maine83,700 USD
Maryland94,600 USD
Massachusetts94,700 USD
Michigan98,400 USD
Minnesota93,100 USD
Mississippi87,700 USD
Missouri94,100 USD
Montana83,400 USD
Nebraska86,200 USD
Nevada88,100 USD
New Hampshire84,500 USD
New Jersey98,200 USD
New Mexico87,400 USD
New York102,000 USD
North Carolina89,900 USD
North Dakota73,500 USD
Ohio91,000 USD
Oklahoma82,800 USD
Oregon82,900 USD
Pennsylvania92,100 USD
Rhode Island75,600 USD
South Carolina84,800 USD
South Dakota75,700 USD
Tennessee88,300 USD
Texas94,200 USD
Utah80,100 USD
Vermont74,400 USD
Virginia90,300 USD
Washington89,600 USD
West Virginia79,600 USD
Wisconsin87,300 USD
Wyoming73,900 USD
68519 - 41

Cost of Living Calculator

Salary Calculator

Salary Increase Letters

Cost of Living Comparison

Career Articles

Best Paying Jobs
HomePrivacy PolicySalary Comparison

©Salary Explorer 2018