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

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

Health Environmental Scientists

Health Environmental Scientists conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

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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
$80090 per year
Hourly wage
$38 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$42,960 to $55,210 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$21 to $27 per hour

Entry-level Health Environmental Scientists and Specialists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $42,960 to $55,210 per year or $21 to $27 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 Health Environmental Scientists and Specialists 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%) $62 $129,450
Senior (Top 25%) $47 $98,120
Middle (Mid 50%) $35 $73,230
Junior (Bottom 25%) $27 $55,210
No experience (Bottom 10%) $21 $42,960

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $56 $116,120
CA $46 $94,880
MA $44 $91,410
VA $42 $87,360
WA $42 $86,420
CO $41 $85,630
MD $41 $84,680
TX $40 $84,090
IL $40 $84,030
RI $40 $83,070

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Environmental Scientists are in the states of DC, CA, MA, VA and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Pipeline Transportation $108170 $52.01
Natural Gas Distribution $107350 $51.61
Federal Executive Branch $105060 $50.51
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $104200 $50.10
Management of Companies and Enterprises $102700 $49.37
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $102510 $49.29
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $101250 $48.68
Grantmaking and Giving Services $98590 $47.40
Oil and Gas Extraction $97590 $46.92
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $95420 $45.87
Scientific Research and Development Services $94820 $45.59
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $92540 $44.49
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas $92400 $44.42
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $92040 $44.25
Water, Sewage and Other Systems $90850 $43.68
Utility System Construction $89660 $43.10
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services $86710 $41.69
Waste Treatment and Disposal $85270 $41.00
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $85010 $40.87
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $84680 $40.71
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $84370 $40.56
Chemical Manufacturing $83940 $40.36
Junior Colleges $82270 $39.55
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $81980 $39.41
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $81910 $39.38
Metal Ore Mining $81460 $39.16
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $80320 $38.61
Support Activities for Mining $79720 $38.33
Plastics Product Manufacturing $77500 $37.26
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $76930 $36.99

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