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Working as an Environmental Economist

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an environmental economist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $32.18 an hour? That's $66,930 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 8% and produce 1,700 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does an Environmental Economist Do

There are certain skills that many environmental economists have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed writing skills, analytical skills and critical-thinking skills.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the environmental economist job title. But what industry to start with? Most environmental economists actually find jobs in the non profits and construction industries.

How To Become an Environmental Economist

If you're interested in becoming an environmental economist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 18.2% of environmental economists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 45.5% of environmental economists have master's degrees. Even though most environmental economists have a college degree, it's impossible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an environmental economist. In fact, many environmental economist jobs require experience in a role such as research assistant. Meanwhile, many environmental economists also have previous career experience in roles such as director or agricultural economist.

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Average Salary$66,930
Job Growth Rate8%

Environmental Economist Jobs

Average Salary for an Environmental Economist

Environmental Economists in America make an average salary of $66,930 per year or $32 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $135,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $32,000 per year.
Average Salary
$66,930

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Washington, DC
Salary Range78k - 160k$112k$112,086
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range80k - 154k$112k$111,534
Falmouth, MA
Salary Range75k - 157k$109k$109,395
Arlington, VA
Salary Range75k - 154k$108k$107,881
Austin, TX
Salary Range60k - 126k$88k$87,880
Baton Rouge, LA
Salary Range50k - 107k$73k$73,282
$37k
$160k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Environmental Economist
Environmental Economist
Ecodit LLC
Ecodit LLC
07/01/2019
07/01/2019
$150,82807/01/2019
$150,828
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Senior Conslt)
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Senior Conslt)
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
05/29/2019
05/29/2019
$100,13405/29/2019
$100,134
Environmental Economist
Environmental Economist
World Resources Institute
World Resources Institute
04/04/2019
04/04/2019
$63,60604/04/2019
$63,606
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Consultant)
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Consultant)
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
03/11/2019
03/11/2019
$77,75003/11/2019
$77,750
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Consultant)
Environmental Economist (Internal Title: Consultant)
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
02/01/2019
02/01/2019
$78,00002/01/2019
$78,000
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Environmental Economist Demographics

Gender

male

71.4 %

female

28.6 %

Ethnicity

White

77.8 %

Hispanic or Latino

9.7 %

Asian

5.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

German

33.3 %

Arabic

33.3 %

French

33.3 %

Environmental Economist Education

Degrees

Masters

45.5 %

Doctorate

36.4 %

Bachelors

18.2 %

Top Colleges for Environmental Economists

1. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

2. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

In-State Tuition
$14,184
Enrollment
30,845

3. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

4. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

In-State Tuition
$15,262
Enrollment
30,079

5. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

In-State Tuition
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

6. North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

In-State Tuition
$9,101
Enrollment
23,708

7. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Yale University

New Haven, CT

In-State Tuition
$53,430
Enrollment
5,963

10. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596
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Best States For an Environmental Economist

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an environmental economist. The best states for people in this position are New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Environmental economists make the most in New York with an average salary of $109,487. Whereas in Connecticut and Massachusetts, they would average $102,498 and $102,285, respectively. While environmental economists would only make an average of $101,007 in Ohio, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. South Dakota

Total Environmental Economist Jobs:
5
Highest 10% Earn:
$175,000
Location Quotient:
3.49
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. District of Columbia

Total Environmental Economist Jobs:
10
Highest 10% Earn:
$195,000
Location Quotient:
2.13
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Montana

Total Environmental Economist Jobs:
5
Highest 10% Earn:
$172,000
Location Quotient:
2.52
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Environmental Economist Employers

1. The Conservation Fund
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$51,773
Environmental Economists Hired: 
6+
2. World Resources Institute
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$64,570
Environmental Economists Hired: 
4+
3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$63,228
Environmental Economists Hired: 
2+
4. World Bank
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$94,784
Environmental Economists Hired: 
1+
5. UNC Charlotte
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$39,212
Environmental Economists Hired: 
1+
6. University of California Press
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$48,532
Environmental Economists Hired: 
1+

Recently Added Environmental Economist Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020