Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
88,740 1.4 % $34.64 $72,050 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.10 $23.83 $31.85 $42.30 $55.28
Annual Wage (2) $39,730 $49,570 $66,250 $87,980 $114,990


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)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 21,170 1.74 $36.32 $75,540
State Government (OES Designation) 19,560 0.90 $29.07 $60,460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,520 0.92 $34.12 $70,960
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,950 0.22 $31.14 $64,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,370 0.27 $47.51 $98,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 210 2.04 $51.69 $107,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 21,170 1.74 $36.32 $75,540
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,520 0.92 $34.12 $70,960
State Government (OES Designation) 19,560 0.90 $29.07 $60,460
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 880 0.80 $49.27 $102,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 210 2.04 $51.69 $107,510
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 880 0.80 $49.27 $102,480
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 40 0.04 $48.07 $99,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,370 0.27 $47.51 $98,830
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.66 $46.26 $96,210


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 15,880 1.05 1.60 $39.96 $83,120
Texas 6,480 0.58 0.88 $37.25 $77,480
Florida 5,180 0.68 1.03 $26.61 $55,350
North Carolina 4,060 1.01 1.54 $28.88 $60,080
Washington 3,930 1.36 2.07 $36.71 $76,360



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 1,050 3.23 4.92 $35.07 $72,950
District of Columbia 1,570 2.33 3.54 $51.72 $107,570
Wyoming 470 1.67 2.55 $28.71 $59,720
Washington 3,930 1.36 2.07 $36.71 $76,360
Vermont 380 1.25 1.90 $29.19 $60,710



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 1,570 2.33 3.54 $51.72 $107,570
Virginia 3,100 0.85 1.29 $40.78 $84,820
California 15,880 1.05 1.60 $39.96 $83,120
Illinois 1,810 0.31 0.48 $38.67 $80,430
Colorado 2,890 1.22 1.86 $38.22 $79,500




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 3,340 1.41 2.14 $50.07 $104,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,860 0.70 1.07 $40.99 $85,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,620 0.92 1.40 $42.27 $87,910
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,600 3.03 4.62 $36.44 $75,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,090 1.40 2.14 $37.49 $77,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,940 1.89 2.88 $43.33 $90,130
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,610 0.90 1.37 $31.84 $66,230
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,590 1.20 1.82 $38.98 $81,070
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.96 1.46 $41.36 $86,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,300 1.04 1.58 $38.28 $79,630



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)
Boulder, CO 790 4.72 7.19 $40.39 $84,000
Carson City, NV 120 4.66 7.10 $29.33 $61,000
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 460 4.57 6.96 $49.86 $103,700
Santa Fe, NM 270 4.52 6.89 $29.53 $61,430
Tallahassee, FL 710 4.50 6.85 $27.26 $56,710
Jefferson City, MO 290 4.04 6.15 $20.64 $42,930
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 820 3.68 5.60 $40.58 $84,410
Cheyenne, WY 150 3.33 5.07 $30.79 $64,040
Anchorage, AK 560 3.19 4.85 $38.63 $80,350
Olympia, WA 310 3.13 4.76 $28.06 $58,370