Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
16,550 3.1 % $25.24 $52,500 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.34 $17.74 $23.64 $30.14 $38.84
Annual Wage (2) $29,820 $36,900 $49,170 $62,700 $80,780


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 $24.08 $50,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,960 0.30 $24.31 $50,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,140 0.04 $27.34 $56,870
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,110 0.79 $21.65 $45,030
State Government (OES Designation) 710 0.03 $23.97 $49,860

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 1,110 0.79 $21.65 $45,030
Waste Treatment and Disposal 360 0.38 $24.91 $51,820
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,810 0.34 $24.08 $50,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,960 0.30 $24.31 $50,560
Metal Ore Mining 110 0.28 $31.20 $64,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $35.32 $73,460
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 0.03 $34.23 $71,210
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 50 0.06 $33.44 $69,550
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.09 $32.85 $68,320
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 30 0.02 $32.08 $66,730


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 2,590 0.16 1.38 $30.83 $64,120
New York 1,220 0.13 1.14 $24.77 $51,530
Pennsylvania 940 0.16 1.39 $22.63 $47,080
Texas 780 0.07 0.57 $26.93 $56,020
Florida 680 0.08 0.71 $21.01 $43,700




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 4.00 $28.63 $59,560
Vermont 90 0.28 2.37 $22.75 $47,310
Nebraska 230 0.24 2.02 $20.60 $42,840
Tennessee 670 0.23 1.97 $24.11 $50,140
Oklahoma 370 0.23 1.95 $19.03 $39,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,590 0.16 1.38 $30.83 $64,120
Washington 350 0.11 0.97 $30.11 $62,640
Nevada 110 0.08 0.71 $30.11 $62,630
Oregon 200 0.11 0.95 $29.02 $60,360
Maryland 420 0.16 1.34 $28.64 $59,570





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 670 0.10 0.86 $26.50 $55,110
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 510 0.20 1.71 $20.17 $41,950
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 450 0.25 2.13 $23.65 $49,190
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.36 3.02 $28.25 $58,760
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.23 1.93 $27.97 $58,180
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 290 0.21 1.80 $32.70 $68,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 290 0.22 1.83 $30.12 $62,660
Pittsburgh, PA 290 0.26 2.18 $23.68 $49,260
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 1.44 $33.95 $70,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.47 $34.85 $72,500




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)
State College, PA 70 1.07 9.09 $17.82 $37,070
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.02 8.65 $29.72 $61,810
Anchorage, AK 100 0.55 4.67 $27.64 $57,500
Knoxville, TN 200 0.52 4.37 $32.35 $67,280
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.46 3.89 $29.11 $60,560
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.44 3.70 $22.10 $45,970
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 130 0.39 3.29 $19.80 $41,190
Baton Rouge, LA 150 0.37 3.14 $27.98 $58,200
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.36 3.02 $28.25 $58,760
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 210 0.33 2.81 $18.37 $38,220




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 Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 1.11 $38.01 $79,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.47 $34.85 $72,500
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.73 $72,230
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 220 0.21 1.76 $34.35 $71,440
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.17 1.44 $33.95 $70,610
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 290 0.21 1.80 $32.70 $68,010
Knoxville, TN 200 0.52 4.37 $32.35 $67,280
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40 0.04 0.37 $32.32 $67,220
Modesto, CA 30 0.18 1.49 $31.67 $65,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.13 1.11 $31.11 $64,710

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.13 (8) (8)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.86 $19.68 $40,940
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.10 0.81 $32.90 $68,440

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 5.13 (8) (8)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.86 $19.68 $40,940
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.10 0.81 $32.90 $68,440

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)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 30 0.10 0.81 $32.90 $68,440
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.48 $52,990
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.50 $48,890
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 40 0.22 1.86 $19.68 $40,940
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.01 $33,290


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017