Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Excludes "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
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)
83,090 2.0 % $33.08 $68,810 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.31 $22.78 $30.25 $40.37 $53.16
Annual Wage (2) $38,090 $47,380 $62,920 $83,970 $110,560


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)
State Government (OES Designation) 18,740 0.82 $27.69 $57,600
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,290 1.74 $34.47 $71,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,640 0.90 $33.02 $68,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,500 0.21 $29.89 $62,170
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,860 0.28 $46.30 $96,310

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,290 1.74 $34.47 $71,710
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,640 0.90 $33.02 $68,670
State Government (OES Designation) 18,740 0.82 $27.69 $57,600
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.78 $37.05 $77,060
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,600 0.57 $39.71 $82,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.04 $58.63 $121,960
Oil and Gas Extraction 130 0.08 $46.83 $97,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,860 0.28 $46.30 $96,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $45.76 $95,180
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.07 $42.11 $87,580


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 12,440 0.89 1.37 $37.28 $77,540
Texas 7,760 0.75 1.16 $33.73 $70,160
Florida 6,190 0.87 1.34 $26.78 $55,710
Washington 3,880 1.43 2.20 $35.90 $74,670
Virginia 3,500 0.99 1.52 $41.12 $85,520




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)
Vermont 700 2.39 3.69 $24.73 $51,450
Alaska 680 2.17 3.35 $32.78 $68,190
District of Columbia 1,370 2.13 3.29 $53.44 $111,160
Washington 3,880 1.43 2.20 $35.90 $74,670
Wyoming 360 1.31 2.02 $29.93 $62,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,370 2.13 3.29 $53.44 $111,160
Virginia 3,500 0.99 1.52 $41.12 $85,520
Massachusetts 2,360 0.75 1.15 $39.17 $81,470
California 12,440 0.89 1.37 $37.28 $77,540
Colorado 2,580 1.19 1.83 $36.91 $76,770





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,730 1.61 2.49 $49.81 $103,610
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,450 0.96 1.48 $31.08 $64,650
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,110 1.54 2.38 $37.66 $78,320
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,010 2.50 3.85 $36.16 $75,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.47 0.72 $37.81 $78,650
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,600 0.96 1.48 $40.84 $84,960
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,590 1.28 1.98 $34.42 $71,600
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,570 1.31 2.02 $39.02 $81,170
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 1.02 1.58 $37.44 $77,870
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,300 1.04 1.61 $34.50 $71,770




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)
Olympia, WA 490 5.20 8.02 $29.26 $60,860
Tallahassee, FL 720 4.54 7.01 $23.02 $47,890
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 410 4.17 6.44 $43.73 $90,960
Santa Fe, NM 250 4.15 6.40 $28.72 $59,730
Jefferson City, MO 290 4.01 6.19 $21.23 $44,150
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 850 3.91 6.04 $38.50 $80,080
Carson City, NV 100 3.89 6.01 $31.41 $65,340
Cheyenne, WY 150 3.57 5.52 $30.75 $63,970
Boulder, CO 470 3.04 4.70 $31.17 $64,830
College Station-Bryan, TX 250 2.70 4.17 $22.22 $46,220