How Much Do Environmental Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Environmental Engineers

Environmental Engineers research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

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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
$96890 per year
Hourly wage
$47 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$55,450 to $70,260 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$27 to $34 per hour

Entry-level Environmental Engineers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $55,450 to $70,260 per year or $27 to $34 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 Environmental Engineers 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%) $70 $144,670
Senior (Top 25%) $57 $118,960
Middle (Mid 50%) $44 $92,120
Junior (Bottom 25%) $34 $70,260
No experience (Bottom 10%) $27 $55,450

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
ID $53 $110,690
CA $53 $109,380
WA $52 $108,290
TX $52 $108,270
MN $52 $107,430
DC $51 $106,900
OR $51 $106,210
NM $50 $103,850
CT $49 $102,730
MD $49 $102,540

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Environmental Engineers are in the states of ID, CA, WA, TX and MN.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Oil and Gas Extraction $118360 $56.91
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $113650 $54.64
Natural Gas Distribution $112710 $54.19
Management of Companies and Enterprises $112580 $54.13
Waste Treatment and Disposal $112410 $54.04
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $111650 $53.68
Chemical Manufacturing $110730 $53.24
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $109710 $52.74
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $108420 $52.13
Federal Executive Branch $107550 $51.71
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $104780 $50.37
Scientific Research and Development Services $104740 $50.36
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $104110 $50.05
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $103610 $49.81
Ship and Boat Building $101110 $48.61
Employment Services $100880 $48.50
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $100040 $48.10
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $99600 $47.88
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $99510 $47.84
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $98920 $47.56
Rail Transportation $98130 $47.18
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $97180 $46.72
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $95050 $45.70
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $94770 $45.56
Machinery Manufacturing $94650 $45.51
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $94420 $45.39
Waste Collection $93390 $44.90
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $93000 $44.71
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $92840 $44.64
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $92630 $44.53

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