Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-2081 Environmental Engineers

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
49,800 1.9 % $39.98 $83,160 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.55 $29.57 $37.86 $47.68 $57.24
Annual Wage (2) $48,980 $61,500 $78,740 $99,180 $119,060


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,270 1.12 $41.50 $86,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,990 1.01 $39.72 $82,620
State Government (OES Designation) 7,160 0.31 $33.30 $69,260
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,960 0.07 $36.69 $76,310
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,800 0.19 $46.67 $97,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,510 1.26 $37.15 $77,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,270 1.12 $41.50 $86,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,990 1.01 $39.72 $82,620
Waste Treatment and Disposal 850 0.89 $44.45 $92,450
Metal Ore Mining 160 0.47 $38.17 $79,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 350 0.23 $59.29 $123,320
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.30 $48.71 $101,330
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 90 0.06 $46.98 $97,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,800 0.19 $46.67 $97,080
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 90 0.01 $45.67 $95,000


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,080 0.43 1.11 $43.33 $90,120
Florida 3,100 0.44 1.12 $32.30 $67,170
New York 3,070 0.37 0.94 $40.56 $84,360
Texas 2,940 0.29 0.74 $46.21 $96,120
Massachusetts 2,660 0.85 2.17 $38.43 $79,940




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 330 1.22 3.12 $34.95 $72,700
Alaska 370 1.22 3.10 (8) (8)
Vermont 290 1.02 2.60 $46.61 $96,940
New Mexico 790 1.02 2.60 $46.39 $96,480
Massachusetts 2,660 0.85 2.17 $38.43 $79,940




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 600 0.52 1.33 $53.20 $110,650
Alabama 1,000 0.55 1.41 $48.34 $100,540
District of Columbia 450 0.70 1.80 $47.67 $99,150
Vermont 290 1.02 2.60 $46.61 $96,940
New Mexico 790 1.02 2.60 $46.39 $96,480

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,770 1.07 2.73 $39.35 $81,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.67 1.70 $45.78 $95,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.32 0.81 $40.05 $83,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,120 0.51 1.30 $38.51 $80,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.22 0.57 $43.65 $90,800
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.31 0.78 $40.38 $83,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 900 0.72 1.85 $39.68 $82,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 870 0.65 1.65 $42.04 $87,440
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 870 0.48 1.23 $42.20 $87,780
Denver-Aurora, CO 800 0.67 1.72 $42.69 $88,790




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 310 3.22 8.22 $49.44 $102,830
Carson City, NV 70 2.39 6.10 $35.23 $73,290
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 390 1.93 4.91 $45.93 $95,530
Huntsville, AL 360 1.76 4.50 $69.52 $144,600
Jefferson City, MO 120 1.65 4.21 $25.28 $52,590
Anchorage, AK 270 1.61 4.12 $54.21 $112,760
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 330 1.52 3.88 $39.78 $82,730
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 620 1.46 3.72 $39.16 $81,460
Olympia, WA 130 1.38 3.53 $40.18 $83,570
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.23 3.13 $43.51 $90,500




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Huntsville, AL 360 1.76 4.50 $69.52 $144,600
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 760 0.31 0.78 $56.49 $117,500
Salt Lake City, UT 480 0.81 2.08 $55.64 $115,740
Anchorage, AK 270 1.61 4.12 $54.21 $112,760
Anniston-Oxford, AL 40 0.88 2.25 $53.06 $110,360
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.74 1.88 $51.34 $106,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.47 1.19 $50.99 $106,060
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 0.37 $50.61 $105,270
Bakersfield, CA 130 0.54 1.37 $49.83 $103,650
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 50 0.24 0.61 $49.83 $103,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.19 3.02 $56.08 $116,650
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 130 0.94 2.39 $41.44 $86,190
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 2.57 $65.29 $135,790
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 2.57 $39.25 $81,630
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 1.76 4.50 $22.75 $47,320

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 1.76 4.50 $22.75 $47,320
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.73 4.43 $33.66 $70,010
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.62 4.12 $41.00 $85,270
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.61 4.11 $33.30 $69,260
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.38 3.51 $34.76 $72,300

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.01 2.57 $65.29 $135,790
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 1.19 3.02 $56.08 $116,650
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 1.18 $52.94 $110,110
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.62 1.59 $50.35 $104,740
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 1.12 $45.27 $94,150


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011