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Environmental Scientist Average Salary in Colombia 2023

How much money does an Environmental Scientist make in Colombia?

Average Monthly Salary
7,670,000 COP
( 92,100,000 COP yearly)


A person working as an Environmental Scientist in Colombia typically earns around 7,670,000 COP per month. Salaries range from 3,840,000 COP (lowest) to 11,900,000 COP (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Colombia

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

  • Salary Range

    Environmental Scientist salaries in Colombia range from 3,840,000 COP per month (minimum salary) to 11,900,000 COP per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,670,000 COP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Environmental Scientist(s) are earning less than 7,670,000 COP while the other half are earning more than 7,670,000 COP. 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 5,180,000 COP while 75% of them are earning more than 5,180,000 COP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Environmental Scientist(s) are earning less than 9,780,000 COP while 25% are earning more than 9,780,000 COP.

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 4,600,000 COP per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 6,090,000 COP per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 8,150,000 COP per month, 34% 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 9,720,000 COP per month, 19% 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 10,500,000 COP per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 11,200,000 COP per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Environmental Scientist average salary change by experience in Colombia

0 - 2 Years
4,600,000 COP
2 - 5 Years+32%
6,090,000 COP
5 - 10 Years+34%
8,150,000 COP
10 - 15 Years+19%
9,720,000 COP
15 - 20 Years+8%
10,500,000 COP
20+ Years+7%
11,200,000 COP
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.

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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 5,930,000 COP per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 8,190,000 COP per month, 38% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 10,800,000 COP per month, 31% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Environmental Scientist average salary difference by education level in Colombia

Bachelor's Degree
5,930,000 COP
Master's Degree+38%
8,190,000 COP
10,800,000 COP
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 Colombia costs anywhere from 23,500,000 Colombian Peso(s) to 70,400,000 Colombian Peso(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

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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 Colombia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

7,870,000 COP
7,420,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Colombia for all Careers

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Environmental Scientist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Colombia

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

Environmental Scientist

Environmental Scientist(s) in Colombia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 21 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 months.

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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.

Colombia / 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 Colombia is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Colombia for the year 2022. 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 Colombia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Colombia 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.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 Colombia

44,300 COP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Colombia is 44,300 COP. This means that the average Environmental Scientist in Colombia earns approximately 44,300 COP 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

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The average salary for Environmental Scientist is 54% 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 Advisor6,210,000 COP-19%
Environmental and Agricultural Scientist7,740,000 COP+1%
Environmental Compliance Inspector3,110,000 COP-59%
Environmental Coordinator2,610,000 COP-66%
Environmental Economist7,520,000 COP-2%
Environmental Educator5,440,000 COP-29%
Environmental Engineer4,390,000 COP-43%
Environmental Health Practitioner8,110,000 COP+6%
Environmental Manager7,160,000 COP-7%
Environmental Officer2,260,000 COP-71%
Environmental Planner3,000,000 COP-61%
Environmental Protection Officer2,240,000 COP-71%
Environmental Restoration Planner4,230,000 COP-45%
Environmental Scientist7,670,000 COP-0%
Environmental Services Coordinator2,360,000 COP-69%
Environmental Specialist3,530,000 COP-54%
Environmental Superintendent2,870,000 COP-63%
Environmental Technician2,310,000 COP-70%
Forestry Consultant5,090,000 COP-34%
Forestry Supervisor3,240,000 COP-58%
Geologist7,720,000 COP+1%
Senor Environmental Health Practitioner8,260,000 COP+8%
Toxicologist5,050,000 COP-34%
Waste Management Manager7,190,000 COP-6%
Waste Tracking Specialist5,920,000 COP-23%
Water Treatment Superintendent3,750,000 COP-51%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barranquilla7,760,000 COP
Bello7,600,000 COP
Bogota8,020,000 COP
Bucaramanga7,980,000 COP
Buenaventura7,510,000 COP
Cartagena8,450,000 COP
Cucuta8,330,000 COP
Ibague8,020,000 COP
Manizales7,110,000 COP
Medellin7,910,000 COP
Monteria7,000,000 COP
Neiva7,070,000 COP
Pereira7,550,000 COP
Santa Marta7,750,000 COP
Soacha7,670,000 COP
Soledad7,900,000 COP
Valledupar7,220,000 COP
Villavicencio7,560,000 COP

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 Colombia earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,400,000 COP
Public Sector+11%
4,880,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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