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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
42,660 2.6 % $ 48.18 $ 100,220 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Environmental Engineers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 28.76 $ 35.99 $ 46.55 $ 60.67 $ 73.65
Annual Wage (2) $ 59,820 $ 74,850 $ 96,820 $ 126,190 $ 153,200


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 13,470 0.89 $ 48.44 $ 100,750
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,680 0.49 $ 50.87 $ 105,800
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,230 0.28 $ 43.25 $ 89,950
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,780 0.13 $ 51.77 $ 107,680
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,770 0.05 $ 43.49 $ 90,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Environmental Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 13,470 0.89 $ 48.44 $ 100,750
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 90 0.78 $ 55.34 $ 115,100
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,220 0.76 $ 43.16 $ 89,770
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,680 0.49 $ 50.87 $ 105,800
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 240 0.44 $ 43.94 $ 91,390

Top paying industries for Environmental Engineers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 280 0.27 $ 66.16 $ 137,600
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 290 0.28 $ 63.38 $ 131,830
Computer Systems Design and Related Services (8) (8) $ 63.33 $ 131,720
Scientific Research and Development Services 430 0.05 $ 61.33 $ 127,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises 970 0.04 $ 60.67 $ 126,190


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.



Map of employment of environmental engineers by state, May 2021


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 5,350 0.32 1.07 $ 55.37 $ 115,160
New York 2,670 0.31 1.02 $ 46.78 $ 97,300
Texas 2,380 0.19 0.64 $ 58.74 $ 122,170
Colorado 1,920 0.73 2.42 $ 47.20 $ 98,170
Pennsylvania 1,840 0.33 1.09 $ 48.21 $ 100,270


Map of location quotient of environmental engineers by state, May 2021


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)
Alaska 280 0.96 3.18 $ 51.57 $ 107,260
West Virginia 530 0.81 2.67 $ 40.03 $ 83,270
Colorado 1,920 0.73 2.42 $ 47.20 $ 98,170
Montana 340 0.72 2.37 $ 40.27 $ 83,770
Wyoming 180 0.69 2.27 $ 42.20 $ 87,780


Map of annual mean wages of environmental engineers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Environmental Engineers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 2,380 0.19 0.64 $ 58.74 $ 122,170
California 5,350 0.32 1.07 $ 55.37 $ 115,160
Idaho 230 0.30 1.00 $ 54.30 $ 112,950
Tennessee 960 0.32 1.06 $ 54.06 $ 112,440
Connecticut 510 0.32 1.07 $ 53.71 $ 111,720



Map of employment of environmental engineers by area, May 2021


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 2,150 0.25 0.82 $ 52.57 $ 109,340
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,290 1.31 4.32 $ 55.85 $ 116,180
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,270 0.87 2.86 $ 49.69 $ 103,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,250 0.22 0.72 $ 53.31 $ 110,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,210 0.47 1.55 $ 50.30 $ 104,630
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 970 0.43 1.43 $ 61.28 $ 127,470
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 930 0.48 1.59 $ 55.90 $ 116,260
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 910 0.31 1.04 $ 63.32 $ 131,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 870 0.30 0.98 $ 53.23 $ 110,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 850 0.32 1.06 $ 49.66 $ 103,300


Map of location quotient of environmental engineers by area, May 2021


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 280 2.40 7.92 $ 55.28 $ 114,970
Charleston, WV 230 2.31 7.62 $ 36.03 $ 74,940
Carson City, NV 50 1.59 5.25 $ 44.28 $ 92,110
Barnstable Town, MA 150 1.53 5.07 $ 41.95 $ 87,260
Fort Collins, CO 210 1.32 4.35 $ 38.37 $ 79,800
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,290 1.31 4.32 $ 55.85 $ 116,180
Trenton, NJ 290 1.28 4.23 $ 44.79 $ 93,150
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 120 1.10 3.63 $ 46.49 $ 96,690
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.07 3.54 $ 61.14 $ 127,160
Anchorage, AK 170 1.06 3.51 $ 49.35 $ 102,650


Map of annual mean wages of environmental engineers by area, May 2021


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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 910 0.31 1.04 $ 63.32 $ 131,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 970 0.43 1.43 $ 61.28 $ 127,470
Idaho Falls, ID 80 1.07 3.54 $ 61.14 $ 127,160
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 30 0.29 0.96 $ 61.04 $ 126,960
Midland, TX 40 0.43 1.43 $ 60.93 $ 126,730
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 0.57 $ 59.81 $ 124,400
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 60 0.40 1.33 $ 59.64 $ 124,050
Rapid City, SD 40 0.56 1.86 $ 59.00 $ 122,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 480 0.13 0.44 $ 58.26 $ 121,180
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.36 1.18 $ 57.82 $ 120,270

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 200 1.47 4.87 $ 38.29 $ 79,640
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 2.22 $ 42.25 $ 87,880
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.88 $ 48.05 $ 99,950
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $ 57.78 $ 120,170
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.94 3.10 $ 40.51 $ 84,250

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 200 1.47 4.87 $ 38.29 $ 79,640
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.94 3.10 $ 40.51 $ 84,250
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $ 57.78 $ 120,170
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.67 2.22 $ 42.25 $ 87,880
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 2.14 $ 59.35 $ 123,440

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)
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.65 2.14 $ 59.35 $ 123,440
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.79 2.62 $ 57.78 $ 120,170
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.00 $ 48.97 $ 101,860
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.57 1.88 $ 48.05 $ 99,950
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.13 $ 47.82 $ 99,470


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022