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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
81,920 1.5 % $36.64 $76,220 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.99 $25.29 $33.37 $44.55 $58.90
Annual Wage (2) $41,580 $52,610 $69,400 $92,660 $122,510


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)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 18,900 0.86 $31.67 $65,860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,670 1.36 $36.89 $76,730
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,260 0.21 $34.71 $72,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,350 0.73 $35.89 $74,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,150 0.25 $49.42 $102,800

Industries with the highest concentration 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 18,670 1.36 $36.89 $76,730
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,050 0.97 $31.41 $65,330
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 18,900 0.86 $31.67 $65,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,350 0.73 $35.89 $74,640
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 730 0.64 $40.17 $83,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $54.33 $113,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,150 0.25 $49.42 $102,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,900 0.45 $47.65 $99,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 420 0.31 $47.53 $98,860
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.13 $47.08 $97,920


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 12,820 0.77 1.34 $42.26 $87,890
Florida 5,240 0.62 1.08 $27.00 $56,160
Texas 4,260 0.36 0.62 $41.86 $87,070
New York 4,170 0.45 0.79 $37.68 $78,370
North Carolina 3,730 0.87 1.51 $30.64 $63,740




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)
District of Columbia 1,400 1.97 3.43 $55.56 $115,560
Alaska 620 1.94 3.38 $43.35 $90,160
Wyoming 430 1.61 2.81 $31.36 $65,220
Vermont 450 1.48 2.58 $30.87 $64,210
New Mexico 1,150 1.44 2.50 $42.21 $87,810




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 1,400 1.97 3.43 $55.56 $115,560
Alaska 620 1.94 3.38 $43.35 $90,160
Colorado 3,140 1.23 2.14 $43.32 $90,100
California 12,820 0.77 1.34 $42.26 $87,890
New Mexico 1,150 1.44 2.50 $42.21 $87,810



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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 2,660 1.06 1.84 $51.51 $107,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,500 0.37 0.65 $39.45 $82,050
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,480 2.59 4.50 $41.60 $86,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.54 0.94 $41.73 $86,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.54 0.94 $42.59 $88,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.99 1.72 $40.10 $83,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,570 1.09 1.89 $45.20 $94,020
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.28 2.23 $48.05 $99,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,440 0.49 0.85 $44.95 $93,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,370 0.71 1.24 $36.70 $76,340


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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 1,000 5.60 9.75 $44.89 $93,380
Trenton, NJ 890 3.89 6.76 $38.74 $80,570
Cheyenne, WY 160 3.45 6.00 $31.60 $65,730
Jefferson City, MO 240 3.24 5.64 $21.61 $44,950
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 340 3.15 5.48 $30.17 $62,740
Santa Fe, NM 190 3.09 5.37 $31.51 $65,550
Tallahassee, FL 520 3.07 5.35 $23.71 $49,320
Kennewick-Richland, WA 330 2.93 5.10 $47.65 $99,120
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.61 4.54 $36.67 $76,280
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,480 2.59 4.50 $41.60 $86,530


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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.06 1.84 $51.51 $107,140
Santa Rosa, CA 250 1.22 2.13 $50.86 $105,790
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.96 1.67 $49.93 $103,860
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.28 2.23 $48.05 $99,950
Kennewick-Richland, WA 330 2.93 5.10 $47.65 $99,120
Anchorage, AK 340 1.97 3.42 $46.64 $97,020
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 210 0.67 1.17 $46.51 $96,750
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.77 1.34 $46.08 $95,850
Midland, TX 110 1.30 2.26 $45.86 $95,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.59 1.02 $45.35 $94,330

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 370 2.10 3.65 $24.80 $51,580
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 370 22.87 39.79 $61.14 $127,180
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.15 3.73 $33.36 $69,390
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area