The median annual salary for a full-time environment and sustainability professional stands at £40,000, up 2.6% on the 2017 figure of £39,000. This is comfortably above
that for UK employees nationally, which was £28,758 in April 2017, according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It compares favourably to the ASHE full-time salary of an “environment professional” (£33,273 a year), but is lower than the salary published for “professionals in
the science, research, engineering and technology sector” which stands at £41,508.
Overall, the highest salaries go to members working in business and industry, who can expect to earn a median salary of £44,000 a year – a considerable increase on the £41,000 median salary reported in 2017. This year, the highest-paid sectors are the mining and quarrying sector (where the median is £57,000 a year) followed by finance and legal services (£52,730); although finance and legal services has the highest pay (£66,196) using the mean average.
In last year’s survey we reported that consultancy pay had dipped somewhat and suspected that this might have partly been down to sampling variations. But this trend continues this year, with consultancy salaries dipping from a median £37,750 last year to £37,000 in 2018. While public sector salaries have crept up slightly on last year to stand at £36,000, those in the third sector looked to have decreased a little to stand at a median £31,250 a year.
|Mean Salary (£)||Median Salary (£)|
|Business and industry||47,404||44,000|
|Education/ academia/ reserach||40,903||38,000|
|Base = 816|
|Mining and quarrying||58,626||57,000|
|Financial and legal services||66,196||52,730|
|Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply and generation||49,014||48,875|
|Transportation and storage||44,861||46,000|
|Construction/ civil engineering||46,474||44,512|
|Facilites/ property managment||48,676||42,000|
|Wholesale and retail trade||54,091||40,000|
|Waste managment and remediation||36,052||35,000|
|Base = 379|
Salaries By IEMA Membership Level
When asked about their greatest achievement over 2017 (see page 43), many members said that it was achieving an upgrade of their IEMA membership status by demonstrating the knowledge and skills they had gained.
While the professional rewards of doing so stretch well beyond pay, the chart below illustrates that this progression is well rewarded in pay terms, with significant differences in salary between each grade. For example, the findings suggest that a pay premium of around 60% can be gained through progression from Graduate membership to the Practitioner grade, while this salary can be enhanced by almost another 20% via progression to Full IEMA membership.
The salaries of IEMA Fellows, leaders in the environment and sustainability field, appear to have seen a boost this year. The median salary has reached £86,500, which is 3.5 times higher than the median £25,000 salary for a graduate member.
|Base = 816|
Salaries By Uk Region
For those based in the UK, professionals in the South East and the West of Scotland top the regional pay table this year with annual median salaries of around £42,000, while those in Wales see the lowest median salary at £35,000.
This year’s findings broadly mirror regional earnings differentials across the economy as a whole, with the ONS reporting the highest earnings in London, the South East and Scotland and the lowest earnings in Wales.
|Yorkshire and the Humber||40,000|
|East of England||38,000|
|Base = 739|