How Much Do Chief Sustainability Officers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Chief Sustainability Officers

Chief Sustainability Officers communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$197840 per year
Hourly wage
$95 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$62,780 to $114,530 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$30 to $55 per hour

Entry-level Chief Sustainability Officers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $62,780 to $114,530 per year or $30 to $55 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Chief Sustainability Officers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $100+ $208,000+
Middle (Mid 50%) $89 $185,950
Junior (Bottom 25%) $55 $114,530
No experience (Bottom 10%) $30 $62,780

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
SD $125 $259,430
NJ $124 $258,450
DC $122 $253,820
CT $119 $247,310
WA $117 $243,150
RI $116 $241,280
TX $115 $239,060
VA $114 $236,820
MI $113 $234,160
MA $111 $231,260

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Chief Sustainability Officer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like SD doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at SD might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Chief Sustainability Officers are in the states of SD, NJ, DC, CT and WA.

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