Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

17-3025 Environmental Engineering 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 scientist. 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)
17,590 3.6 % $25.77 $53,610 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.08 $18.23 $24.15 $30.85 $39.11
Annual Wage (2) $31,360 $37,920 $50,230 $64,170 $81,360


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 4,810 0.34 $23.74 $49,370
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,850 0.28 $24.62 $51,210
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,090 0.04 $27.46 $57,120
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,490 1.06 $21.93 $45,620
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,030 0.05 $29.74 $61,860

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 1,490 1.06 $21.93 $45,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,810 0.34 $23.74 $49,370
Waste Treatment and Disposal 300 0.32 $25.02 $52,050
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,850 0.28 $24.62 $51,210
Metal Ore Mining 100 0.27 $31.27 $65,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 120 0.01 $48.73 $101,350
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $34.83 $72,440
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 160 0.04 $33.52 $69,720
Management of Companies and Enterprises 220 0.01 $32.07 $66,710
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $31.84 $66,240


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 2,930 0.18 1.42 (8) (8)
Pennsylvania 980 0.17 1.37 $23.06 $47,970
Texas 980 0.08 0.66 $27.66 $57,540
Florida 790 0.09 0.76 $21.89 $45,520
New York 780 0.08 0.69 $27.45 $57,100




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 170 0.55 4.43 $28.26 $58,790
Vermont 90 0.31 2.49 $23.26 $48,370
Oklahoma 420 0.27 2.15 $21.14 $43,970
Montana 120 0.26 2.12 $20.43 $42,490
Tennessee 740 0.25 2.05 $27.21 $56,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 520 0.16 1.31 $33.40 $69,470
Nevada 140 0.11 0.85 $29.24 $60,820
North Dakota 90 0.23 1.84 $28.27 $58,810
Alaska 170 0.55 4.43 $28.26 $58,790
Texas 980 0.08 0.66 $27.66 $57,540



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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)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.42 3.37 $27.77 $57,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 550 0.21 1.71 $20.78 $43,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 390 0.24 1.91 $34.65 $72,080
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 390 0.06 0.47 $29.41 $61,180
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 370 0.19 1.54 (8) (8)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.32 2.58 $27.28 $56,750
Knoxville, TN 360 0.94 7.62 $31.32 $65,150
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 330 0.23 1.87 $31.19 $64,870
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 0.85 $36.92 $76,780
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.26 2.10 $24.62 $51,210


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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)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.00 8.09 $27.11 $56,390
Knoxville, TN 360 0.94 7.62 $31.32 $65,150
State College, PA 40 0.55 4.49 $21.31 $44,330
Anchorage, AK 100 0.55 4.47 $27.96 $58,160
Bismarck, ND 30 0.45 3.65 $29.13 $60,580
Billings, MT 40 0.42 3.38 $19.44 $40,430
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 570 0.42 3.37 $27.77 $57,760
Oklahoma City, OK 220 0.36 2.89 $21.05 $43,770
Baton Rouge, LA 130 0.34 2.78 $29.42 $61,190
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.32 2.58 $27.28 $56,750


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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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $41.34 $85,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.10 0.85 $36.92 $76,780
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.12 1.00 $36.90 $76,760
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 60 0.02 0.19 $35.92 $74,720
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.09 0.70 $35.86 $74,590
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 390 0.24 1.91 $34.65 $72,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.19 1.51 $33.86 $70,420
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 250 0.17 1.41 $32.39 $67,360
Santa Rosa, CA 30 0.16 1.32 $31.32 $65,150
Knoxville, TN 360 0.94 7.62 $31.32 $65,150

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 130 0.80 6.47 $30.10 $62,610
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.30 (8) (8)
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.87 (8) (8)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.98 (8) (8)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.98 (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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 130 0.80 6.47 $30.10 $62,610
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.73 5.87 (8) (8)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 2.98 (8) (8)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 2.30 (8) (8)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.98 (8) (8)

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)
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 130 0.80 6.47 $30.10 $62,610
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.72 $18.14 $37,720


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