The starting salary of an environmental engineer depends on what sector the job is in and the job's location. However, as of May 2012, the bottom 10 percent of environmental engineers earned a yearly salary of less than $49,510.
The median salary of an environmental engineer in 2012 was $80,890. In 2013, the mean salary was $85,520. Using the 2012 data, the federal government pays the highest median wages at $98,890. The median wage in architectural, engineering and related services is $81,900, and it is $77,000 for management, scientific and technical consulting services. The salary comes in at $75,350 for state governments. New Mexico, Texas and Alabama pay the highest environmental engineering salaries.