Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.


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)
34,510 3.4 % $21.86 $45,470 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.79 $15.79 $20.05 $26.45 $33.97
Annual Wage (2) $26,600 $32,850 $41,700 $55,020 $70,650


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 8,540 0.74 $20.75 $43,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,010 0.53 $20.72 $43,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,000 0.11 $22.82 $47,470
State Government (OES Designation) 2,580 0.12 $20.28 $42,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,690 0.03 $18.27 $38,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 910 0.95 $27.78 $57,780
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,540 0.74 $20.75 $43,160
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,010 0.53 $20.72 $43,090
Social Advocacy Organizations 540 0.27 $23.69 $49,260
State Government (OES Designation) 2,580 0.12 $20.28 $42,190

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $43.85 $91,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 480 0.12 $36.14 $75,180
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 60 0.04 $31.19 $64,870
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 30 0.01 $29.47 $61,290
Nonresidential Building Construction 70 0.01 $29.34 $61,030


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 3,690 0.25 0.96 $24.28 $50,490
Texas 2,820 0.26 0.99 $21.61 $44,940
New York 2,470 0.29 1.10 $22.27 $46,320
Florida 1,780 0.24 0.92 $17.72 $36,860
Pennsylvania 1,620 0.29 1.10 $20.56 $42,760




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 220 0.68 2.60 $20.48 $42,590
West Virginia 380 0.53 2.05 $18.46 $38,390
Wyoming 140 0.49 1.88 $20.70 $43,060
District of Columbia 330 0.49 1.89 $18.32 $38,110
Delaware 190 0.46 1.78 $16.79 $34,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 390 0.33 1.29 $28.57 $59,430
South Carolina 790 0.43 1.65 $27.47 $57,130
Washington 1,160 0.41 1.58 $26.91 $55,960
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.32 $25.88 $53,830
Maryland 530 0.21 0.81 $25.84 $53,750





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.21 0.79 $24.08 $50,080
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 860 0.23 0.89 $23.13 $48,100
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 790 0.45 1.74 $17.27 $35,910
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 770 0.28 1.08 $26.39 $54,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 700 0.30 1.14 $22.23 $46,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.16 0.63 $24.43 $50,810
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 580 0.46 1.75 $22.11 $45,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 520 0.29 1.13 $23.51 $48,890
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 500 0.39 1.48 $22.12 $46,010
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 490 0.34 1.30 $26.37 $54,850




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 240 2.47 9.50 $36.56 $76,040
Bismarck, ND 80 1.19 4.58 $20.42 $42,480
Mobile, AL 160 0.96 3.68 $17.75 $36,910
Pueblo, CO 40 0.78 2.98 $22.40 $46,600
Logan, UT-ID 40 0.76 2.93 $15.29 $31,810
Wilmington, NC 90 0.68 2.60 $19.23 $39,990
Charleston, WV 100 0.68 2.62 $20.80 $43,260
Manchester, NH 70 0.67 2.57 $19.69 $40,960
Gainesville, FL 80 0.67 2.58 $20.18 $41,980
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.66 2.52 $18.78 $39,060




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 240 2.47 9.50 $36.56 $76,040
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 140 0.17 0.64 $31.37 $65,240
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.25 0.95 $31.28 $65,060
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $30.78 $64,020
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 50 0.37 1.43 $28.37 $59,010
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 90 0.12 0.48 $26.86 $55,880
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.22 0.85 $26.87 $55,880
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.41 1.58 $26.56 $55,230
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 90 0.36 1.40 $26.51 $55,140
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 770 0.28 1.08 $26.39 $54,880

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 4.27 $20.54 $42,720
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 130 2.36 9.06 $33.15 $68,960
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.69 2.66 $19.56 $40,690
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.07 $18.65 $38,800
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 110 0.80 3.09 $17.42 $36,240

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 130 2.36 9.06 $33.15 $68,960
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.12 4.29 $18.56 $38,600
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.11 4.27 $20.54 $42,720
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.10 4.24 $20.07 $41,750
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.05 4.03 $12.54 $26,070

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 130 2.36 9.06 $33.15 $68,960
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 1.88 $27.16 $56,480
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.30 $54,700
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 1.16 $24.25 $50,450
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 2.70 $23.10 $48,060


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.

(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 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