Episode 3: Real talk about salaries, gender and race in green jobs
Episode 3 | Real talk about salaries, gender and race in green jobs
Working in sustainability doesn’t have to mean sacrificing decent compensation. Did you know corporate sustainability management salaries range from $50,000 to $280,000 a year? GreenBiz careers expert John Davies shares his latest findings on high-paying jobs. And he gives Yesh the good and bad news about pay equity and diversity.
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John Davies of GreenBiz shares his latest findings on compensation, pay equity and how you can increase your value — and your salary.
How does my role impact the salary I earn?
Managers in sustainability careers make anywhere from $50,000 to $280,000 a year. The longer you’ve been at your job, the more you make. But what are the other factors?
- Your responsibilities, particularly the number of people and projects you manage, have an outsized impact on salary.
- Already working in sustainability but wishing for a bigger paycheck? When people switch organizations, they often do so for a raise. (But don’t overlook your ability to use a job offer to negotiate for better pay where you already work.)
- When it comes to compensation, most master’s degrees don’t seem to make much of a difference. But in corporate sustainability jobs, having an MBA could. About a third of managers, directors and vice presidents have MBAs.
How diverse are green jobs? How does diversity relate to compensation?
- The number of women in sustainability leadership roles has increased close to 20 percentage points in every category since 2010.
- Corporate sustainability jobs have almost achieved gender pay equity. On average, women make a few thousand dollars less than their male counterparts.
- Increasingly, companies are hiring from outside, not simply promoting from within. This gives organizations access to more people. For organizations that are intentional about it, access to a wider pool of candidates can increase diversity.
- But the profession has a long way to go. When it comes to racial diversity, the numbers are stark: 77 percent of managers identify as white or Caucasian.
- To help solve this problem, GreenBiz is launching Greenbiz.org. It’s a nonprofit designed to bring more BIPOC candidates into the profession.
A listener asks: “Having a passion for sustainability used to be a unique quality that would get you over that edge for a job, but that’s not so true anymore. How do I show my unique value?” John’s advice:
- Don’t wait for a sustainability job title to take action. Work within your current role to bring sustainability to your workplace.
- Identify your organization’s sustainability “problem areas.” What are your ideas for solving them? Where can you improve circularity? Share your strategies with management and get to work where you are.
- Then, when you are ready to switch organizations, you’ll be able to show off your real-work outcomes.
Stay up-to-date with the latest news in sustainability and business with GreenBiz:
- Read the latest State of the Profession Report
- Watch webcasts on Women in Sustainability
- For more in increasing diversity in green jobs, visit GreenBiz.org
Visit our Green Jobs Hub for job-hunting resources and listings and more links to information about salary and diversity in green careers.
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