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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Environmental Engineers
Industry profile for Environmental Engineers
Geographic profile for Environmental Engineers

National estimates for Environmental Engineers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Environmental Engineers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
50,260 2.0 % $ 46.58 $ 96,890 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Environmental Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 26.66 $ 33.78 $ 44.29 $ 57.19 $ 69.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 55,450 $ 70,260 $ 92,120 $ 118,960 $ 144,670


Industry profile for Environmental Engineers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Environmental Engineers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Environmental Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Environmental Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,020 1.00 $ 47.56 $ 98,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,960 0.65 $ 46.72 $ 97,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,520 0.30 $ 42.15 $ 87,670
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,820 0.07 $ 43.41 $ 90,280
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,850 0.14 $ 51.71 $ 107,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Environmental Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,930 1.22 $ 43.58 $ 90,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 15,020 1.00 $ 47.56 $ 98,920
Waste Treatment and Disposal 780 0.79 $ 54.04 $ 112,410
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,960 0.65 $ 46.72 $ 97,180
Metal Ore Mining 220 0.53 $ 43.49 $ 90,470

Top paying industries for Environmental Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 530 0.43 $ 56.91 $ 118,360
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 400 0.37 $ 54.64 $ 113,650
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.14 $ 54.19 $ 112,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 910 0.04 $ 54.13 $ 112,580
Waste Treatment and Disposal 780 0.79 $ 54.04 $ 112,410


Geographic profile for Environmental Engineers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Environmental Engineers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Environmental Engineers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Environmental Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,940 0.48 1.34 $ 52.59 $ 109,380
New York 3,350 0.38 1.07 $ 47.14 $ 98,040
Texas 3,310 0.27 0.76 $ 52.05 $ 108,270
Pennsylvania 2,320 0.42 1.17 $ 45.77 $ 95,200
Massachusetts 2,290 0.68 1.89 $ 48.68 $ 101,260




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana 410 0.89 2.47 $ 42.69 $ 88,790
Alaska 260 0.88 2.44 $ 47.81 $ 99,440
Wyoming 180 0.69 1.92 $ 45.12 $ 93,860
Massachusetts 2,290 0.68 1.89 $ 48.68 $ 101,260
Rhode Island 260 0.60 1.65 $ 41.29 $ 85,870




Top paying states for Environmental Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 360 0.49 1.37 $ 53.22 $ 110,690
California 7,940 0.48 1.34 $ 52.59 $ 109,380
Washington 1,830 0.57 1.59 $ 52.06 $ 108,290
Texas 3,310 0.27 0.76 $ 52.05 $ 108,270
Minnesota 680 0.25 0.70 $ 51.65 $ 107,430





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Environmental Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,610 0.29 0.82 $ 50.64 $ 105,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,250 0.39 1.07 $ 52.07 $ 108,310
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,840 0.71 1.96 $ 49.89 $ 103,770
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,530 1.58 4.36 $ 54.91 $ 114,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,420 0.48 1.33 $ 54.35 $ 113,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,300 0.43 1.19 $ 53.33 $ 110,930
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,220 0.52 1.45 $ 59.72 $ 124,210
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,150 0.82 2.28 $ 46.17 $ 96,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,150 0.44 1.21 $ 40.96 $ 85,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,030 0.38 1.06 $ 49.86 $ 103,720




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.19 14.36 $ 55.16 $ 114,720
Jefferson City, MO 150 2.09 5.79 $ 29.10 $ 60,530
Charleston, WV 160 1.58 4.39 $ 34.49 $ 71,740
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,530 1.58 4.36 $ 54.91 $ 114,220
Carson City, NV 40 1.45 4.01 $ 39.82 $ 82,820
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.42 3.93 $ 46.90 $ 97,560
Trenton, NJ 320 1.37 3.80 (8) (8)
Bismarck, ND 90 1.36 3.76 $ 34.36 $ 71,480
Sumter, SC 50 1.25 3.45 $ 34.21 $ 71,170
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 270 1.22 3.37 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for Environmental Engineers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 120 0.78 2.16 $ 61.54 $ 128,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,220 0.52 1.45 $ 59.72 $ 124,210
Baton Rouge, LA 100 0.28 0.78 $ 55.24 $ 114,890
Kennewick-Richland, WA 590 5.19 14.36 $ 55.16 $ 114,720
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,530 1.58 4.36 $ 54.91 $ 114,220
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 630 0.18 0.49 $ 54.89 $ 114,170
Reno, NV (8) (8) (8) $ 54.78 $ 113,940
Redding, CA 40 0.61 1.69 $ 54.74 $ 113,860
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.29 0.81 $ 54.67 $ 113,720
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 830 0.43 1.18 $ 54.54 $ 113,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Environmental Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.54 4.25 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 100 0.54 1.50 $ 40.86 $ 84,990
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.68 1.89 $ 38.90 $ 80,910
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.10 3.06 $ 40.23 $ 83,690
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 2.61 $ 42.51 $ 88,420

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.54 4.25 $ 40.64 $ 84,530
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.10 3.06 $ 40.23 $ 83,690
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 2.61 $ 42.51 $ 88,420
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.85 2.36 $ 42.47 $ 88,330
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.81 2.25 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Environmental Engineers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.17 0.46 $ 54.52 $ 113,400
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 0.73 $ 52.35 $ 108,880
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 1.18 $ 51.42 $ 106,960
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 0.65 $ 50.76 $ 105,580
Southwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.47 1.31 $ 48.94 $ 101,790


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021