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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Environmental Specialist Salary

$52,064 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$25.03 hourly

Entry level Salary
$36,000 yearly
$36,000
10 %
$52,064
Median
$75,000
90 %

How much does an Environmental Specialist make?

Environmental specialists make $52,064 per year on average, or $25.03 per hour, in the United States. Environmental specialists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $36,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $75,000.

Location impacts how much an environmental specialist can expect to make. Environmental specialists make the most in California, Nevada, Washington, Colorado, and Ohio.

Highest Paying States For Environmental Specialists

The darker areas on the map show where environmental specialists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Environmental Specialist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Nevada$64,840$31.17159
2West Virginia$57,844$27.81124
3New Mexico$57,715$27.75161
4California$73,126$35.161,922
5Washington$63,242$30.40496
6Ohio$60,331$29.01671
7Wyoming$51,610$24.8170
8North Dakota$50,924$24.48120
9Texas$59,676$28.691,210
10Alaska$52,049$25.02127
11New York$54,084$26.001,014
12Colorado$63,181$30.38308
13Oklahoma$53,434$25.69199
14Minnesota$55,530$26.70427
15Louisiana$53,486$25.71216
16Arkansas$50,897$24.47183
17Georgia$53,291$25.62624
18Tennessee$52,013$25.01350
19Kansas$50,177$24.12208
20District of Columbia$52,825$25.40130
21Idaho$49,581$23.84124
22South Dakota$47,442$22.8180
23Delaware$52,485$25.2380
24Maryland$52,968$25.47414
25New Hampshire$48,406$23.27120
26Iowa$45,728$21.98356
27Montana$46,374$22.3093
28New Jersey$51,500$24.76494
29Virginia$49,918$24.00626
30South Carolina$50,436$24.25239
31Rhode Island$45,949$22.0986
32Michigan$47,974$23.06487
33Massachusetts$47,502$22.84617
34Indiana$46,614$22.41416
35Alabama$48,415$23.28245
36Illinois$49,064$23.59660
37Utah$47,933$23.04182
38Hawaii$40,939$19.6870
39Pennsylvania$43,068$20.71814
40Nebraska$40,332$19.39206
41Oregon$46,662$22.43263
42Florida$39,779$19.121,227
43Maine$36,467$17.53138
44Mississippi$45,221$21.74115
45Connecticut$41,137$19.78253
46North Carolina$41,176$19.80676
47Vermont$36,855$17.7257
48Missouri$43,054$20.70350
49Arizona$35,842$17.23399
50Kentucky$39,459$18.97209
51Wisconsin$39,744$19.11

Highest Paying Cities For Environmental Specialists

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Sacramento, CA$76,112$36.59
2Fort Collins, CO$62,033$29.82
3Cleveland, OH$60,901$29.28
4San Antonio, TX$60,183$28.93
5Saint Paul, MN$55,644$26.75
6New York, NY$54,547$26.22
7Lake Charles, LA$54,000$25.96
8Atlanta, GA$53,174$25.56
9Washington, DC$52,869$25.42
10East Brunswick, NJ$51,890$24.95
11Fredericksburg, VA$50,165$24.12
12Chicago, IL$49,288$23.70
13Cambridge, MA$47,307$22.74
14Portland, OR$46,592$22.40
15Indianapolis, IN$46,549$22.38

Environmental Specialist Salary Details

Environmental Specialist Salary

What is an Environmental Specialist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$75,000$6,250$36
75th Percentile$63,000$5,250$30
Average$52,064$4,339$25
25th Percentile$42,000$3,500$20
10th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Field Scientist$65,891$5,491$31.6888,454
Environmental Engineering Internship$42,349$3,529$20.36112,274
Environmental Engineer$69,778$5,815$33.5524,787
Environmental Consultant$61,309$5,109$29.4821,723
Environmental Service Technician$30,301$2,525$14.5783,697
Environmental Technician$41,678$3,473$20.0443,079

How would you rate the starting salaries for Environmental Specialists, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

Shannon Farrell Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Hard to say because it varies widely between sectors. Working for a state or federal agency, non-profit, NGO, private firm, or other entity means many different things regarding what it takes to be competitive and what salary one might expect. I will say that, increasingly, in most if not all of these sectors, an MS can be an essential criterion for even near-entry level positions.Show more

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Which Companies Pay Environmental Specialists The Most?

The highest paying companies for environmental specialists are Google and Texas Instruments according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like General Electric and Los Alamos National Laboratory report highly competitive wages for environmental specialists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Google$90,076$43.3116
2Texas Instruments$75,277$36.1910
3General Electric$72,530$34.879
4Los Alamos National Laboratory$69,333$33.336
5Sandia National Labs$68,992$33.174
6The Williams Companies$66,034$31.755
7Southwestern Energy$65,775$31.626
8Baxter International$64,756$31.134
9Chevron$64,661$31.093
10City of Dallas Employees$64,057$30.804
11City of Jacksonville$63,996$30.778
12RS&H$63,799$30.672
13Parsons$63,571$30.5628
14Cummins$62,288$29.957
15Precision Castparts$62,263$29.939
16Wabtec Corporation$62,109$29.865
17Amphenol$61,992$29.80
18Akorn$60,654$29.16
19Boardwalk Pipeline Partners$60,333$29.013
20City of Orlando$60,311$29.00

How Much Do Environmental Specialists Make In Different Industries?

Environmental specialist salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the energy, professional, and technology industries tend to offer much higher salaries for environmental specialists. For example, environmental specialists make a whopping average salary of $53,005 while working in the energy industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $52,419 in the professional industry and $51,901 in the technology industry.

Environmental specialists may want to avoid working in the utilities industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $50,274.

Highest Paying Industries For Environmental Specialists

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Energy$53,005$25.48
2Professional$52,419$25.20
3Technology$51,901$24.95
4Manufacturing$51,424$24.72
5Government$51,131$24.58
6Utilities$50,274$24.17

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Environmental Specialist Salary Trends

The salary for an environmental specialist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Environmental Specialist Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$51,400$24.72
Mid Level$58,500$28.14
Senior Level$65,700$31.57

Average Environmental Specialist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Environmental Specialist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$52,100$25.03+2.6%
    2021$50,700$24.39+0.3%
    2020$50,600$24.31+2.4%
    2019$49,300$23.72+0.7%
    2018$49,000$23.55+2.1%

    Recently Added Environmental Specialist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Zachary Piper LLCEnvironmental Monitoring SpecialistDurham, NC06/01/2022$62,610
    Virginia Department of Environmental QualityEnvironmental SpecialistVirginia Beach, VA06/01/2022$48,391
    Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corporation/KiraEnvironmental SpecialistAir Force Academy, CO06/01/2022$68,000
    Colorado Springs UtilitiesEnvironmental Specialist-Colorado Discharge System Permitting & Water Quality RegulationsColorado Springs, CO05/27/2022$83,500
    Florida Department of TransportationEnvironmental Specialist IIMayo, MD05/26/2022$36,468
    Florida Department of TransportationEnvironmental Specialist IIJacksonville, FL05/26/2022$36,000
    Florida Department of TransportationEnvironmental Specialist IIIMadison, WI05/26/2022$40,948
    State of LouisianaEnvironmental Impact Specialist DCL BiologistBaton Rouge, LA05/26/2022$128,832
    State of North CarolinaEnvironmental Specialist IIRaleigh, NC05/25/2022$47,959
    ActalentEnvironmental SpecialistSomerville, MA05/24/2022$43,827

    Environmental Specialist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Environmental Specialists the most?

    California pays Environmental Specialists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $73,126 per year, or $35.16 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as an Environmental Specialist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as an Environmental Specialist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Nevada you should be paid close to $64,840 per year.

    What type of Environmental Specialist gets paid the most?

    Technical Fellow gets paid the most. Technical Fellow made a median salary of $77,094. The best-paid 10 percent make $103,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $57,000.

    How much do environmental specialists make in Florida?

    Environmental specialists in Florida make $57,500 per year, on average. Some environmental specialists in Florida may earn a higher salary, hovering around $74,300 per year. These individuals tend to have more training and experience under their belts. They may also hold more certifications.

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