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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-3025 Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.


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)
18,010 4.5 % $26.32 $54,740 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.68 $18.64 $24.34 $31.20 $39.87
Annual Wage (2) $32,610 $38,780 $50,620 $64,890 $82,930


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,370 0.36 $25.00 $51,990
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,430 0.23 $25.74 $53,530
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,970 1.24 $21.84 $45,420
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,710 0.03 $29.96 $62,320
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 740 0.03 $24.97 $51,930

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,970 1.24 $21.84 $45,420
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,370 0.36 $25.00 $51,990
Waste Treatment and Disposal 250 0.25 $23.30 $48,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,430 0.23 $25.74 $53,530
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 110 0.21 (8) (8)

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 140 0.04 $40.02 $83,230
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 250 0.05 $39.54 $82,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises 410 0.02 $34.16 $71,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 670 0.10 $33.82 $70,340
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 80 0.02 $33.21 $69,070


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 3,560 0.20 1.67 $28.71 $59,720
Texas 1,410 0.11 0.92 $27.97 $58,180
Florida 970 0.11 0.90 $21.40 $44,510
Virginia 930 0.24 1.95 $24.05 $50,020
Massachusetts 760 0.21 1.70 $29.39 $61,130




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 150 0.48 3.95 $30.69 $63,840
Montana 150 0.33 2.66 $22.19 $46,150
Virginia 930 0.24 1.95 $24.05 $50,020
Oklahoma 370 0.23 1.86 $25.14 $52,300
Tennessee 650 0.22 1.77 $24.92 $51,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 390 0.12 0.95 $35.41 $73,660
Maine 50 0.08 0.67 $31.49 $65,500
Alaska 150 0.48 3.95 $30.69 $63,840
Massachusetts 760 0.21 1.70 $29.39 $61,130
North Dakota 40 0.10 0.85 $29.17 $60,660





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,530 0.24 1.99 $27.17 $56,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 750 0.24 1.93 $25.35 $52,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 540 0.22 1.77 $29.15 $60,630
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.18 1.46 $33.97 $70,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 480 0.05 0.41 $27.18 $56,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.13 1.07 $37.32 $77,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.26 2.12 $31.92 $66,400
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 380 0.28 2.27 $27.74 $57,690
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 380 0.08 0.66 $22.13 $46,030
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 320 0.12 0.96 $23.64 $49,180




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)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.29 10.50 $27.82 $57,860
Knoxville, TN 290 0.75 6.10 (8) (8)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.52 4.25 $21.74 $45,220
Billings, MT 40 0.48 3.88 $22.12 $46,010
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 50 0.35 2.89 $19.08 $39,680
Lafayette, LA 70 0.34 2.77 $28.02 $58,280
Anchorage, AK 60 0.34 2.75 $33.12 $68,880
Charleston, WV 30 0.31 2.49 $27.07 $56,300
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 380 0.28 2.27 $27.74 $57,690
Bakersfield, CA 80 0.27 2.18 $22.68 $47,170




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.17 1.35 $39.14 $81,400
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.90 $78,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 400 0.13 1.07 $37.32 $77,610
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 290 0.15 1.19 $35.44 $73,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.18 1.46 $33.97 $70,660
Portland-South Portland, ME 30 0.15 1.23 $33.65 $70,000
Anchorage, AK 60 0.34 2.75 $33.12 $68,880
Columbia, SC 40 0.11 0.87 $32.21 $66,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 400 0.26 2.12 $31.92 $66,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 140 0.09 0.77 $31.74 $66,020

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.85 $26.57 $55,260
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 3.88 $30.33 $63,080
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.67 $25.52 $53,080
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.02 $28.11 $58,480
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 2.84 (8) (8)

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)
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.85 $26.57 $55,260
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 3.88 $30.33 $63,080
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.67 $25.52 $53,080
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 2.84 (8) (8)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.02 $28.11 $58,480

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.48 3.88 $30.33 $63,080
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.02 $28.11 $58,480
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 4.85 $26.57 $55,260
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.67 $25.52 $53,080
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 1.55 $24.16 $50,250


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020