Practitioners' survey 2016: salaries

An analysis of salaries according to sector, level of IEMA membership, region, age and gender, and a look at how many members received pay rises last year. 

Salaries by industry and sector

For the first time, practitioners working in consultancies are earning more than those in business and industry. The standout statistic of the 2016 survey is illustrated in Figure 1 below, which shows the median salary for environmental and sustainability professionals by broad economic sector. The median annual salary for consultants is £40,500 compared with £40,000 for their colleagues in business and industry. Whereas the median salary for consultants has increased by £4,120, from £36,380 in the 2015 poll, the rate in business and industry has fallen by £1,000. The annual median for IEMA members working in the public sector is £34,000, unchanged from 2015. Median salaries in academia or research and the third sector have increased – from £35,000 to £37,394 and from £28,250 to £35,000 respectively.

Salaries for environment and sustainability practitioners compare favourably to those of UK workers generally. The provisional 2015 ASHE figures from ONS, published in November, put the median gross annual earnings for full-time employees in the UK at £27,600. Salaries are also broadly in line with comparable occupations. At £38,180, the median annual salary for IEMA members is close to that for health and safety professionals. The results of the latest pay and conditions survey by Health and Safety at Work (HSW) magazine, published in February, show ...

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