Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
34,250 2.5 % $22.38 $46,540 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.93 $16.21 $20.69 $27.05 $34.55
Annual Wage (2) $26,890 $33,710 $43,030 $56,270 $71,860


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 9,760 0.78 $21.84 $45,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,330 0.53 $20.67 $43,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,990 0.11 $23.38 $48,630
State Government (OES Designation) 2,650 0.12 $21.35 $44,410
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,280 0.04 $21.77 $45,280

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 830 0.88 $29.84 $62,060
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,760 0.78 $21.84 $45,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,330 0.53 $20.67 $43,000
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.41 $30.67 $63,800
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 300 0.21 $23.16 $48,170

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 510 0.13 $36.93 $76,810
Management of Companies and Enterprises 140 0.01 $31.10 $64,680
Oil and Gas Extraction 120 0.06 $30.84 $64,150
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.41 $30.67 $63,800
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $30.31 $63,040


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 4,200 0.27 1.09 $23.52 $48,920
Texas 3,840 0.33 1.34 $22.96 $47,750
New York 2,450 0.27 1.10 $23.35 $48,560
Florida 1,450 0.18 0.73 $21.16 $44,010
Ohio 1,330 0.25 1.01 $19.70 $40,970



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)
West Virginia 430 0.60 2.42 $19.28 $40,110
Wyoming 150 0.53 2.12 $21.05 $43,780
Oklahoma 620 0.39 1.56 $19.22 $39,970
Hawaii 240 0.39 1.58 $21.29 $44,290
South Carolina 730 0.38 1.52 $30.59 $63,620



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 80 0.12 0.47 $36.10 $75,080
Nevada 410 0.34 1.35 $30.65 $63,740
South Carolina 730 0.38 1.52 $30.59 $63,620
Maryland 430 0.17 0.67 $25.65 $53,350
Alaska 110 0.35 1.41 $25.40 $52,820




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 1,490 0.23 0.93 $25.04 $52,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,440 0.49 1.97 $25.32 $52,660
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 780 0.22 0.88 $18.73 $38,950
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 660 0.49 1.97 $21.94 $45,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.16 0.64 $23.30 $48,470
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 630 0.34 1.36 $21.54 $44,790
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 630 0.54 2.16 $20.31 $42,250
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 570 0.50 2.00 $23.98 $49,870
Austin-Round Rock, TX 520 0.56 2.24 $18.60 $38,690
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 500 0.20 0.82 $24.53 $51,020



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)
Beckley, WV 70 1.51 6.08 $15.99 $33,250
Corvallis, OR 50 1.32 5.31 $23.01 $47,850
Logan, UT-ID 70 1.25 5.03 $16.96 $35,270
Boulder, CO 200 1.17 4.73 $17.06 $35,480
Midland, TX 90 1.00 4.04 $23.38 $48,630
Pueblo, CO 50 0.88 3.55 $22.84 $47,510
Casper, WY 30 0.80 3.22 $20.52 $42,670
Santa Rosa, CA 140 0.76 3.04 $27.87 $57,980
Longview, TX 80 0.76 3.06 (8) (8)
Charleston, WV 90 0.74 2.97 $17.09 $35,560