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Environmental Protection Specialist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Environmental Protection Specialist"

How much does an Environmental Protection Specialist in the federal government get paid? $112,075.69* *Based on the 2020 average.

Environmental Protection Specialist was the 75th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 3,536 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency hired the most employees titled Environmental Protection Specialist, with an average salary of $127,128.

Government Environmental Protection Specialist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Environmental Protection Specialist job is GS-4, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that involve advising on, managing, supervising, or performing administrative or program work relating to environmental protection programs (e.g., programs to protect or improve environmental quality, control pollution, remedy environmental damage, or ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations). These positions require specialized knowledge of the principles and methods of administering environmental protection programs and the laws and regulations related to environmental protection activities.

Administrative and Management positions have a wide range of responsibilities. Management does not refer specifically to supervisors who directly manage organizations or teams. Rather jobs in this category deal with managing systems or processes such as finances, security systems, training programs, or marketing. For employees in this job category, promotions are typically given 2 grade increments at a time until GS-12 is reached.

Agencies that have hired an Environmental Protection Specialist

Agency Employees Hired Average Salary
Environmental Protection Agency 1,658 $127,127.72
Federal Emergency Management Agency 607 $74,834.59
National Park Service 131 $96,383.57
Federal Aviation Administration 122 $129,258.58
Federal Highway Administration 115 $111,772.15
U.S. Coast Guard 102 $99,362.09
Department of Energy 93 $124,766.48
Veterans Health Administration 88 $80,280.78
U.S. Agency for International Development 62 $134,431.68
Bureau of Land Management 52 $77,443.65
Office of the Secretary of the Interior 50 $125,835.86
Bureau of Reclamation 39 $87,899.56
Indian Affairs 32 $93,004.88
Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development 30 $127,292.23
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management 27 $121,303.30
Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System 27 $85,727.89
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 19 $118,863.53
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 17 $128,529.94
Office of Secretary of Transportation 16 $114,614.63
Federal Transit Administration 16 $125,205.31
Federal Railroad Administration 14 $131,881.71
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission 14 $118,361.79
Public Buildings Service 14 $103,360.21
Rural Housing Service 13 $106,513.31
Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement 13 $107,699.69
National Institutes of Health 12 $99,942.17
Maritime Administration 11 $125,523.36
Customs and Border Protection 11 $134,391.67
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 11 $109,499.64
Drug Enforcement Administration 9 $123,578.33
Forest Service 8 $77,567.00
Department of Homeland Security Headquarters 7 $141,055.43
Ames Research Center 7 $113,620.29
Headquarters, Nasa 5 $163,595.20
Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement 5 $134,959.80
Federal Bureau of Investigation 5 $134,077.25
Economic Development Administration 5 $122,010.80
5 $144,769.20
International Boundary & Water Commission: U.S. & Mexico 4 $84,947.00
Transportation Security Administration 3 $126,866.67
Science and Technology Directorate 3 $142,968.33
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers 3 $94,534.00
Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust) 3 $105,206.00
Langley Research Center 3 $93,941.67
Geological Survey 3 $119,744.00
Bureau of Engraving and Printing 3 $104,952.33
Presidio Trust 2 $109,929.00
John F. Kennedy Space Center 2 $108,684.00
Goddard Space Flight Center 2 $133,465.00
Dryden Flight Research Center 2 $125,956.50
Offices, Boards and Divisions 2 $141,534.00
Rural Utilities Service 2 $106,085.50
Internal Revenue Service 2 $141,302.50
John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field 2 $117,813.00
National Science Foundation 2 $160,558.50
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing 2 $135,469.00
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2 $99,321.00
Agricultural Research Service 2 $83,160.00
National Cemetery Administration 1 $123,198.00
Bureau of the Fiscal Service 1 $76,721.00
U.S. Mint 1 $86,923.00
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 1 $140,146.00
Export-Import Bank of the United States 1 $170,800.00
National Protection and Programs Directorate 1 $137,491.00
U.S. Secret Service 1 $125,360.00
Food and Drug Administration 1 $157,709.00
Government Printing Office 1 $125,360.00
Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner 1 $152,810.00
National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1 $162,840.00
Office of the Secretary (Department of Commerce) 1 $91,342.00
Departmental Administration 1 $149,621.00
National Archives and Records Administration 1 $126,620.00
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center 1 $136,352.00

Environmental Protection Specialist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Environmental Protection Specialist is $112,075.69. The highest paid Environmental Protection Specialist made $196,440 in 2020.

Common Environmental Protection Specialist Payscales

Payscale Number of Environmental Protection Specialist Employees
GS - General Schedule 2,751
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 300
IM - Employees Holding Incident Management Positions And Appointed And Compensated Under Section 306(b)(1) 264
FV - Federal Aviation Administration Core Compensation Plan 104
FP - Foreign Service Personnel 49
ZA - Administrative 19
FG - Similar To The General Schedule 18
ED - Expert (5 U.s.c. 3109) 9
EH - Advisory Committee Member (5 U.s.c. 3109) 5
GG - Grades Similar To General Schedule 4
NQ - Employees In The National Nuclear Secuirty Administration's Professional, Technical, And Admin Career Path 3
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 3
SV - Transportation Security Administration Employees Other Than Executives 3
ES - Senior Executive Service 2
EF - Consultant (5 U.s.c. 3109) 1
PG - Printing Office Grades 1

Starting Paygrade: $27,782.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-4, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Administrative and Management

Other Jobs at the GS-4 Paygrade

GS-4 is the starting paygrade for Environmental Protection Specialist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-4 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Freight RateClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Training InstructionAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Workers' Compensation Claims ExaminingAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Medical Support AssistanceClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Medical Supply Aide and TechnicianTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Environmental Protection Specialist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Environmental Protection Specialist was $83,725. Since then, the average pay has increased to $112,076 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0028.

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