Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
17,310 3.9 % $26.34 $54,800 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.57 $18.52 $24.31 $31.47 $39.81
Annual Wage (2) $32,380 $38,510 $50,560 $65,460 $82,800


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 4,750 0.33 $24.62 $51,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,550 0.25 $24.84 $51,670
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,740 0.03 $28.70 $59,690
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,630 1.09 $21.61 $44,940
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,110 0.05 $29.50 $61,360

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 1,630 1.09 $21.61 $44,940
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,750 0.33 $24.62 $51,210
Waste Treatment and Disposal 270 0.28 $25.56 $53,170
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,550 0.25 $24.84 $51,670
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 130 0.25 $27.94 $58,120

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 180 0.05 $38.74 $80,580
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 210 0.04 $38.48 $80,040
Scientific Research and Development Services 790 0.12 $33.27 $69,200
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $31.25 $65,000
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 110 0.03 $31.12 $64,730


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 3,240 0.19 1.59 $28.65 $59,600
Texas 1,240 0.10 0.86 $26.06 $54,190
Pennsylvania 820 0.14 1.17 $23.30 $48,450
Minnesota 730 0.25 2.13 (8) (8)
Massachusetts 700 0.20 1.65 $28.43 $59,120




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 0.47 3.94 $28.12 $58,490
Montana 140 0.31 2.56 $21.06 $43,790
Oklahoma 430 0.27 2.27 $23.71 $49,330
Minnesota 730 0.25 2.13 (8) (8)
Tennessee 690 0.23 1.96 $27.16 $56,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 450 0.14 1.16 $33.74 $70,190
Colorado 300 0.11 0.96 $29.02 $60,350
Maryland 560 0.21 1.74 $28.92 $60,150
California 3,240 0.19 1.59 $28.65 $59,600
Oregon 230 0.12 1.01 $28.50 $59,270





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 1,090 0.18 1.48 $25.88 $53,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.25 2.07 $28.60 $59,500
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 570 0.06 0.51 $28.07 $58,380
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 480 0.17 1.46 $32.33 $67,250
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 450 0.16 1.33 $22.44 $46,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 430 0.09 0.77 $26.32 $54,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.21 1.78 $31.81 $66,170
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.26 2.16 $30.91 $64,290
Knoxville, TN 370 0.97 8.14 $31.26 $65,020
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 360 0.13 1.13 $21.01 $43,690




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)
Knoxville, TN 370 0.97 8.14 $31.26 $65,020
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.93 7.77 $25.00 $51,990
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 160 0.72 6.04 $43.75 $91,000
Tulsa, OK 220 0.50 4.15 $22.52 $46,840
Billings, MT 40 0.50 4.14 $21.27 $44,240
Charleston, WV 50 0.43 3.60 $28.37 $59,020
Anchorage, AK 70 0.41 3.45 $28.46 $59,210
Champaign-Urbana, IL 30 0.31 2.55 $19.48 $40,520
Worcester, MA-CT 80 0.30 2.47 $24.05 $50,030
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 40 0.30 2.53 $23.71 $49,310




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 160 0.72 6.04 $43.75 $91,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.19 1.59 $38.36 $79,780
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 310 0.11 0.88 $36.30 $75,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 330 0.17 1.39 $35.87 $74,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 250 0.17 1.44 $32.39 $67,360
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 480 0.17 1.46 $32.33 $67,250
Santa Rosa, CA (8) (8) (8) $32.01 $66,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 420 0.21 1.78 $31.81 $66,170
Knoxville, TN 370 0.97 8.14 $31.26 $65,020
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 390 0.26 2.16 $30.91 $64,290

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 2.57 $34.51 $71,780
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.31 $26.39 $54,900
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 3.54 $29.87 $62,120
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 2.47 $23.45 $48,770
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.29 $25.99 $54,050

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 3.54 $29.87 $62,120
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.31 $26.39 $54,900
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.29 $25.99 $54,050
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 3.02 $30.06 $62,520
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 2.57 $34.51 $71,780

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)
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.31 2.57 $34.51 $71,780
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 3.02 $30.06 $62,520
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 3.54 $29.87 $62,120
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 3.31 $26.39 $54,900
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 3.29 $25.99 $54,050


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019