Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-2041 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Excludes "Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists" (19-1023), "Conservation Scientists" (19-1031), "Forest and Conservation Technicians" (19-4093), "Fish and Game Wardens" (33-3031), and "Forest and Conservation Workers" (45-4011).


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)
81,920 1.5 % $36.64 $76,220 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.99 $25.29 $33.37 $44.55 $58.90
Annual Wage (2) $41,580 $52,610 $69,400 $92,660 $122,510


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)
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 18,900 0.86 $31.67 $65,860
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,670 1.36 $36.89 $76,730
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,260 0.21 $34.71 $72,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,350 0.73 $35.89 $74,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,150 0.25 $49.42 $102,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,670 1.36 $36.89 $76,730
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,050 0.97 $31.41 $65,330
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 18,900 0.86 $31.67 $65,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,350 0.73 $35.89 $74,640
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 730 0.64 $40.17 $83,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $54.33 $113,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,150 0.25 $49.42 $102,800
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,900 0.45 $47.65 $99,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 420 0.31 $47.53 $98,860
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.13 $47.08 $97,920


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 12,820 0.77 1.34 $42.26 $87,890
Florida 5,240 0.62 1.08 $27.00 $56,160
Texas 4,260 0.36 0.62 $41.86 $87,070
New York 4,170 0.45 0.79 $37.68 $78,370
North Carolina 3,730 0.87 1.51 $30.64 $63,740




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)
District of Columbia 1,400 1.97 3.43 $55.56 $115,560
Alaska 620 1.94 3.38 $43.35 $90,160
Wyoming 430 1.61 2.81 $31.36 $65,220
Vermont 450 1.48 2.58 $30.87 $64,210
New Mexico 1,150 1.44 2.50 $42.21 $87,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,400 1.97 3.43 $55.56 $115,560
Alaska 620 1.94 3.38 $43.35 $90,160
Colorado 3,140 1.23 2.14 $43.32 $90,100
California 12,820 0.77 1.34 $42.26 $87,890
New Mexico 1,150 1.44 2.50 $42.21 $87,810



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.06 1.84 $51.51 $107,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,500 0.37 0.65 $39.45 $82,050
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,480 2.59 4.50 $41.60 $86,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.54 0.94 $41.73 $86,800
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,970 0.54 0.94 $42.59 $88,600
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,630 0.99 1.72 $40.10 $83,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,570 1.09 1.89 $45.20 $94,020
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.28 2.23 $48.05 $99,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,440 0.49 0.85 $44.95 $93,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,370 0.71 1.24 $36.70 $76,340


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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)
Boulder, CO 1,000 5.60 9.75 $44.89 $93,380
Trenton, NJ 890 3.89 6.76 $38.74 $80,570
Cheyenne, WY 160 3.45 6.00 $31.60 $65,730
Jefferson City, MO 240 3.24 5.64 $21.61 $44,950
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 340 3.15 5.48 $30.17 $62,740
Santa Fe, NM 190 3.09 5.37 $31.51 $65,550
Tallahassee, FL 520 3.07 5.35 $23.71 $49,320
Kennewick-Richland, WA 330 2.93 5.10 $47.65 $99,120
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.61 4.54 $36.67 $76,280
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,480 2.59 4.50 $41.60 $86,530


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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,660 1.06 1.84 $51.51 $107,140
Santa Rosa, CA 250 1.22 2.13 $50.86 $105,790
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.96 1.67 $49.93 $103,860
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.28 2.23 $48.05 $99,950
Kennewick-Richland, WA 330 2.93 5.10 $47.65 $99,120
Anchorage, AK 340 1.97 3.42 $46.64 $97,020
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 210 0.67 1.17 $46.51 $96,750
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.77 1.34 $46.08 $95,850
Midland, TX 110 1.30 2.26 $45.86 $95,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.59 1.02 $45.35 $94,330

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 370 2.10 3.65 $24.80 $51,580
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 370 22.87 39.79 $61.14 $127,180
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.15 3.73 $33.36 $69,390
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 240 3.51 6.10 $29.85 $62,090
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 210 1.11 1.92 $27.67 $57,550

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 370 22.87 39.79 $61.14 $127,180
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 240 3.51 6.10 $29.85 $62,090
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 2.60 4.53 $35.38 $73,580
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 210 2.16 3.76 $33.32 $69,300
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 290 2.15 3.73 $33.36 $69,390

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 370 22.87 39.79 $61.14 $127,180
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.57 2.73 $43.77 $91,050
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.10 $87,560
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 0.64 $39.32 $81,780
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 30 0.75 1.30 $38.95 $81,020


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