IEMA's research into the state of the environmental profession has revealed that despite the ongoing pressures of the economic downturn the average earnings of practitioners continue to remain strong.

IEMA's research into the state of the environmental profession has revealed that despite the ongoing pressures of the economic downturn the average earnings of practitioners continue to remain strong.

In fact, the average total salary (consisting of salary plus bonuses) from 2,100* of the 2,318 respondents has risen slightly since the start of 2010 taking the median annual income of an environmental professional over the �35,000 mark.

The survey, carried out between 23rd December 2010 and 12th January 2011, found that the median salary of an environmental professional who is currently employed is �35,200. This sits favourably in comparison with the median salary from the same survey reported this time last year which found that most practitioners were earning between �30,000 and �34,999.

IEMA's Practitioners' Survey 2011 discovered that Full members of IEMA are likely to earn over �10,000 a year more than their Affiliate and Associate counterparts.

Total Earnings
Mean Median
Graduate �23,088 �23,000
Affiliate �38,868 �34,000
Associate �38,914 �35,000
Full �50,399 �90,000
Fellow �92,138 �45,000

The top 10% of earners who responded to the survey earn at least �60,030.

IEMA would like to thank each of the members who took part in the Practitioners' Survey 2011. The individual responses that form these results are extremely valuable to IEMA as they help us to communicate to government, business, industry and the media the current profile of the profession.

A full analysis and further results will be published in an upcoming issue of the new look 'environmentalist' magazine.

*218 responses for the salary responses were removed where salary data was incorrectly inputted, below �300 per annum, or from those members working overseas. This total of 2,100 responses gives a clearer profile of valid UK earnings.