Salary for Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Also known as:  Ecological Modeler, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Scientist, Hazardous Substances Scientist, Health Environmentalist, Water Pollution Scientist, Water Quality Analyst

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Environmental scientists and specialists conduct observations and investigations into factors which adversely affect health and the environment. They work to eliminate the pollutants and hazards that their research identifies by making specific recommendations based on the field data they have collected. These professionals are required to evaluate the validity of data and to analyze soil, air and water samples. They may be expected to know how to operate several instruments and measuring tools. A Bachelor's degree is normally the minimum education requirement for this position.

An Environmental Scientist or Specialist can get an average pay level that can range from 56000 and 84000 depending on the level of experience. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health can get an average wage of Seventy One Thousand dollars on an annual basis.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health have the best average pay in the District of Columbia, where they receive pay levels, on average, of about $104880. People holding this job title can obtain the highest compensation in Utilities, where they can get a compensation of $81540.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.56 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Environmental Scientists and Specialists tend to make the most in the following industries
Management of Companies and Enterprises $81,540
Utilities $81,460
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $81,190
Transportation and Warehousing $78,130
Health Care and Social Assistance $76,440
Manufacturing $74,070
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Educational Services $56,720
Public Administration $64,520
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $64,680
Other Services (except Public Administration) $65,990
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $68,050
Construction $70,360
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