Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 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)
52,640 1.8 % $43.83 $91,180 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $25.08 $31.59 $41.73 $53.21 $64.45
Annual Wage (2) $52,160 $65,710 $86,800 $110,680 $134,060


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 14,310 1.01 $45.43 $94,490
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,170 0.82 $42.01 $87,370
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,190 0.33 $39.10 $81,330
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,630 0.09 $41.52 $86,370
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,160 0.16 $48.62 $101,140

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 1,520 1.08 $44.36 $92,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,310 1.01 $45.43 $94,490
Waste Treatment and Disposal 890 0.93 $44.57 $92,710
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 11,170 0.82 $42.01 $87,370
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 330 0.66 $41.89 $87,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Office Administrative Services 40 0.01 $56.35 $117,210
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $53.17 $110,590
Nonresidential Building Construction 80 0.01 $52.71 $109,650
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 350 0.07 $52.37 $108,920
Waste Collection 130 0.08 $52.21 $108,600


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 8,180 0.49 1.33 $49.86 $103,700
New York 3,280 0.36 0.96 $43.58 $90,640
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.55 1.48 $42.02 $87,400
Texas 2,900 0.24 0.66 $48.82 $101,540
Massachusetts 2,750 0.78 2.11 $42.38 $88,150




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 470 1.49 4.03 $59.12 $122,970
Montana 470 1.03 2.79 $40.47 $84,180
Massachusetts 2,750 0.78 2.11 $42.38 $88,150
Wyoming 200 0.76 2.05 $43.93 $91,380
Idaho 500 0.73 1.97 $44.14 $91,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 470 1.49 4.03 $59.12 $122,970
California 8,180 0.49 1.33 $49.86 $103,700
Texas 2,900 0.24 0.66 $48.82 $101,540
Louisiana 500 0.26 0.71 $48.50 $100,890
Ohio 1,250 0.23 0.63 $48.41 $100,700



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.46 1.25 $49.11 $102,140
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,740 0.94 2.56 $43.13 $89,700
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.23 0.63 $46.72 $97,190
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,350 1.41 3.81 $52.22 $108,630
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,230 0.47 1.27 $34.12 $70,970
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,170 0.81 2.19 $49.33 $102,600
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.49 1.32 $42.80 $89,030
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 940 0.26 0.69 $39.94 $83,080
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 920 0.32 0.85 (8) (8)
Pittsburgh, PA 910 0.80 2.17 $43.41 $90,280


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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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 430 3.82 10.35 $52.20 $108,570
Idaho Falls, ID 240 3.75 10.15 $47.77 $99,350
Jefferson City, MO 240 3.22 8.73 $29.46 $61,280
Carson City, NV 50 1.62 4.38 $32.15 $66,870
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 1,350 1.41 3.81 $52.22 $108,630
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.36 3.68 $41.60 $86,540
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 140 1.32 3.57 $41.48 $86,280
Anchorage, AK 230 1.32 3.59 $68.89 $143,300
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 80 1.26 3.42 (8) (8)
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 1.22 3.31 $49.14 $102,220


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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)
Anchorage, AK 230 1.32 3.59 $68.89 $143,300
Bakersfield, CA 150 0.48 1.30 $64.94 $135,070
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.41 1.11 $61.41 $127,730
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.64 1.74 $57.64 $119,890
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 40 0.19 0.53 $56.15 $116,800
Sioux Falls, SD (8) (8) (8) $56.08 $116,640
Stockton-Lodi, CA 30 0.14 0.38 $54.62 $113,600
Knoxville, TN 340 0.88 2.39 $53.70 $111,690
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 80 0.47 1.28 $52.41 $109,000
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 160 0.28 0.76 $52.27 $108,720

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.16 5.86 $41.41 $86,140
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.72 1.95 $41.36 $86,040
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.67 1.82 $39.63 $82,440
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.23 $34.11 $70,950
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.47 1.28 $35.18 $73,170

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)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.16 5.86 $41.41 $86,140
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 2.05 5.55 (8) (8)
Central-Southeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.79 4.85 $36.29 $75,470
Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.38 3.73 $41.85 $87,050
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.63 $38.74 $80,570

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.62 $109,450
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.54 1.46 $49.25 $102,450
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.42 1.15 $47.39 $98,560
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $46.02 $95,730
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 0.57 $45.65 $94,940


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018