Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Exclude "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023), "Conservation Scientists" (19-1031), "Forest and Conservation Technicians" (19-4093), "Fish and Game Wardens" (33-3031), and "Forest and Conservation Workers" (45-4011).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
83,530 1.9 % $32.38 $67,360 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.85 $22.12 $29.33 $39.18 $51.53
Annual Wage (2) $37,120 $46,000 $61,010 $81,500 $107,190


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
State Government (OES Designation) 20,140 $27.15 $56,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 17,250 $35.32 $73,470
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,290 $31.36 $65,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,200 $28.86 $60,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,680 $45.05 $93,700

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) $45.39 $94,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,680 $45.05 $93,700
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 60 $44.90 $93,400
Natural Gas Distribution 80 $41.85 $87,040
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) $41.31 $85,920


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 690 $32.72 $68,060 2.244
District of Columbia 1,410 $50.42 $104,880 2.214
Vermont 420 $29.75 $61,890 1.419
Wyoming 400 $28.00 $58,240 1.418
Washington 3,810 $33.12 $68,890 1.365

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 1,410 $50.42 $104,880 2.214
Massachusetts 2,630 $41.77 $86,880 0.829
Virginia 3,080 $38.90 $80,900 0.858
California 12,470 $35.84 $74,550 0.858
Illinois 1,930 $35.48 $73,800 0.338


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Olympia, WA 510 $28.80 $59,900 5.321
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 410 $42.33 $88,040 4.307
Tallahassee, FL 660 $23.42 $48,710 4.094
Boulder, CO 640 $38.16 $79,380 4.082
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 840 $36.91 $76,770 3.892

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,440 $48.18 $100,210 1.493
Framingham, MA NECTA Division (8) $47.00 $97,760 (8)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 940 $44.46 $92,480 0.953
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,040 $44.04 $91,610 1.210
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 80 $43.30 $90,070 0.624


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010