Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
53,020 2.3 % $41.12 $85,520 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.91 $30.25 $39.53 $49.93 $58.99
Annual Wage (2) $49,730 $62,920 $82,220 $103,860 $122,690


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 15,690 1.18 $41.30 $85,910
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,180 0.97 $41.74 $86,820
State Government (OES Designation) 7,730 0.35 $35.26 $73,340
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,420 0.06 $37.58 $78,180
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,420 0.17 $46.91 $97,560

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,690 1.18 $41.30 $85,910
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,450 1.13 $40.68 $84,610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,180 0.97 $41.74 $86,820
Waste Treatment and Disposal 810 0.84 $42.57 $88,540
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 510 0.46 $46.80 $97,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 450 0.24 $63.93 $132,970
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $53.32 $110,900
Support Activities for Mining 100 0.02 $49.21 $102,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,250 0.06 $47.53 $98,850
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 110 0.12 $47.04 $97,840


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 7,130 0.48 1.21 $46.48 $96,670
New York 3,220 0.37 0.93 $42.84 $89,100
Massachusetts 3,170 0.97 2.43 $38.77 $80,650
Pennsylvania 2,930 0.52 1.30 $41.42 $86,150
Texas 2,900 0.27 0.67 $47.28 $98,350




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)
Colorado 2,560 1.12 2.79 $40.19 $83,600
Alaska 350 1.09 2.73 $46.93 $97,610
Massachusetts 3,170 0.97 2.43 $38.77 $80,650
Wyoming 250 0.88 2.20 $39.53 $82,220
New Mexico 650 0.83 2.08 $50.57 $105,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 650 0.83 2.08 $50.57 $105,180
Texas 2,900 0.27 0.67 $47.28 $98,350
Alaska 350 1.09 2.73 $46.93 $97,610
District of Columbia 340 0.51 1.28 $46.80 $97,340
California 7,130 0.48 1.21 $46.48 $96,670





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 2,030 1.16 2.90 $38.98 $81,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.72 1.80 $49.64 $103,250
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.39 0.99 $50.92 $105,910
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.30 0.74 $45.51 $94,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.58 1.44 $36.89 $76,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.67 1.67 $40.11 $83,420
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,200 1.43 3.58 $45.33 $94,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,040 0.38 0.94 $52.59 $109,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 920 0.64 1.59 $43.98 $91,470
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 850 0.84 2.11 $47.03 $97,810




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)
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 50 2.90 7.25 $28.97 $60,250
Carson City, NV 50 2.08 5.21 $32.25 $67,080
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 80 1.81 4.52 $36.66 $76,250
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 180 1.78 4.45 $50.19 $104,400
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 230 1.67 4.18 $40.02 $83,250
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.62 4.06 $43.57 $90,620
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,200 1.43 3.58 $45.33 $94,280
Jefferson City, MO 100 1.41 3.53 $25.49 $53,030
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 90 1.40 3.49 $41.36 $86,030
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 300 1.38 3.46 $42.95 $89,330




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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 110 0.40 0.99 $59.27 $123,280
Reading, PA 100 0.61 1.52 $56.02 $116,530
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 120 0.22 0.55 $52.74 $109,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,040 0.38 0.94 $52.59 $109,380
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.65 1.63 $51.20 $106,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.39 0.99 $50.92 $105,910
Knoxville, TN 320 0.98 2.44 $50.42 $104,880
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 180 1.78 4.45 $50.19 $104,400
Oklahoma City, OK 110 0.18 0.45 $49.83 $103,640
Columbia, MO 30 0.36 0.91 $49.80 $103,580

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.21 45.54 $65.46 $136,150
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.72 1.79 $32.84 $68,310
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 1.85 $41.22 $85,730
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.23 3.07 $42.14 $87,660
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 90 0.92 2.30 $40.69 $84,640

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.21 45.54 $65.46 $136,150
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.87 4.66 $33.30 $69,260
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.48 3.70 $51.66 $107,450
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.39 3.47 $44.00 $91,520
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.23 3.07 $42.14 $87,660

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.21 45.54 $65.46 $136,150
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.48 3.70 $51.66 $107,450
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 0.34 $47.40 $98,580
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 1.47 $46.60 $96,930
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 0.98 $45.32 $94,260


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014