Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

17-3025 Environmental Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.


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)
17,360 3.0 % $24.60 $51,170 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.07 $17.71 $23.39 $29.71 $37.30
Annual Wage (2) $29,270 $36,830 $48,650 $61,790 $77,590


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 4,880 0.35 $24.52 $50,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,850 0.31 $23.37 $48,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,250 0.04 $26.18 $54,460
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,000 0.72 $20.97 $43,610
State Government (OES Designation) 940 0.04 $24.15 $50,230

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 1,000 0.72 $20.97 $43,610
Waste Treatment and Disposal 680 0.72 $25.84 $53,760
Metal Ore Mining 180 0.42 $29.26 $60,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,880 0.35 $24.52 $50,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,850 0.31 $23.37 $48,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $34.00 $70,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 160 0.08 $33.12 $68,890
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 50 0.06 $32.91 $68,450
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 80 0.09 $32.87 $68,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 50 0.04 $32.76 $68,140


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 1,960 0.13 1.01 $30.51 $63,460
New York 1,250 0.14 1.11 $23.30 $48,460
Pennsylvania 1,100 0.19 1.53 $24.07 $50,060
Tennessee 970 0.35 2.75 $23.60 $49,080
Texas 780 0.07 0.53 $28.40 $59,070



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)
Alaska 130 0.40 3.20 $29.01 $60,350
West Virginia 260 0.37 2.92 $21.61 $44,950
Tennessee 970 0.35 2.75 $23.60 $49,080
Vermont 100 0.33 2.62 $21.84 $45,420
New Mexico 240 0.30 2.41 $27.68 $57,580



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,960 0.13 1.01 $30.51 $63,460
Maryland 350 0.13 1.06 $29.85 $62,080
Alaska 130 0.40 3.20 $29.01 $60,350
Texas 780 0.07 0.53 $28.40 $59,070
Ohio 340 0.06 0.52 $28.09 $58,420




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 0.11 0.90 $24.16 $50,260
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 470 0.19 1.52 $22.59 $46,990
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 440 0.25 2.00 $22.75 $47,310
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 410 0.46 3.67 $21.85 $45,450
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.28 2.21 $23.72 $49,340
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.19 1.52 $33.20 $69,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 0.53 $32.81 $68,240
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 260 0.23 1.86 $23.84 $49,590
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 250 0.13 1.04 $23.39 $48,640
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 240 0.19 1.49 $25.19 $52,390



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)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.09 8.69 $31.32 $65,140
Knoxville, TN 230 0.61 4.87 $29.34 $61,040
State College, PA 40 0.58 4.60 $19.54 $40,650
Johnson City, TN 40 0.53 4.24 $25.79 $53,650
Reading, PA 90 0.51 4.06 (8) (8)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 50 0.49 3.90 $24.01 $49,940
Stockton-Lodi, CA 100 0.48 3.79 $20.69 $43,040
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.48 3.83 $20.70 $43,060
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 410 0.46 3.67 $21.85 $45,450
Charleston, WV 50 0.42 3.33 $22.40 $46,580



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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $35.02 $72,830
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.18 1.46 $35.00 $72,800
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.19 1.52 $33.20 $69,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 140 0.05 0.38 $33.06 $68,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 140 0.10 0.80 $33.03 $68,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.07 0.53 $32.81 $68,240
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.16 1.25 $31.52 $65,570
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 120 0.09 0.75 $31.36 $65,230
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.09 8.69 $31.32 $65,140
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 190 0.08 0.66 $31.06 $64,610

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 4.69 $21.41 $44,520
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 3.57 $21.12 $43,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.71 (8) (8)
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 2.55 $17.55 $36,510
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 5.17 $22.46 $46,710

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)
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.76 6.00 $31.14 $64,760
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 5.17 $22.46 $46,710
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.71 (8) (8)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 4.69 $21.41 $44,520
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.52 4.12 $22.52 $46,840

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.10 0.79 $31.86 $66,270
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.76 6.00 $31.14 $64,760
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.24 $54,570
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.30 $25.86 $53,800
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.30 $25.23 $52,490


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016