Environmental EngineerSample Job Descriptions, Salaries, and Interview Questions

Environmental engineers design systems and components to reduce the negative impact on the environment. They work on the challenges of pollution, waste management, air quality, and more. They conduct research on the environmental impact of projects, analyze data, and implement quality control checks to ensure environmental policies and standards are met. They use extensive knowledge of engineering principles, soil science, biology, and chemistry to create technically sound solutions to environmental problems. Some environmental engineers serve as technical advisors to ensure regulatory applicability. 

An environmental engineer must have good collaboration skills as they work closely with scientists, planners, and other experts. They need good verbal and written communication skills to provide recommendations, write reports, and document plans and standard operating procedures. They need to be proficient in relevant analytical and compliance software such as SAS or Autocad, be able to see the big picture, and be familiar with all environmental rules, regulations, and best practices. Environmental engineers develop real environmental and ecological improvement in their cities, regions, and beyond.

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Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an environmental engineer is $85,000 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$84,500$114,350
Los Angeles, California$95,350$129,000
Denver, Colorado$79,450$107,500
Washington, DC$96,800$130,950
Miami, Florida$79,100$107,000
Orlando, Florida$72,950$98,700
Tampa, Florida$73,650$99,700
Atlanta, Georgia$77,300$104,550
Chicago, Illinois$88,850$120,200
Boston, Massachusetts$96,050$130,000
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$76,550$103,600
New York City, New York$101,150$136,850
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$82,350$111,400
Dallas, Texas$80,150$108,500
Houston, Texas$79,800$108,000
Seattle, Washington$92,450$125,100
National Average$72,250$97,750

Sample interview questions

  • What does an environmental engineer do?
  • What are the latest trends in your field of environmental engineering?
  • What key qualities does an environmental engineer need?
  • When you’re out in the field, how do you deal with conflicts?
  • When did you run into an issue in your last position, and how did you move past it?
  • What’s the hardest part of being an environmental engineer?
  • Are you familiar working inside of a lab? How do you ensure all samples stay sterile and pure?
  • What is the solvent?
  • Which common engineering equipment are you familiar with?
  • What would you consider to be the most important aspect of safety in environmental engineer?
  • Can you describe a time when your testing identified areas for improvement? Were the changes implemented and were they successful?

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