Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
84,250 1.5 % $36.23 $75,360 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.82 $25.07 $33.13 $43.97 $57.85
Annual Wage (2) $41,220 $52,150 $68,910 $91,450 $120,320


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)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 20,260 1.52 $37.07 $77,110
State Government (OES Designation) 19,140 0.87 $30.88 $64,230
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,740 0.22 $34.15 $71,030
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,340 0.74 $34.74 $72,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,240 0.26 $48.44 $100,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.29 $59.60 $123,970
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 250 2.29 $44.37 $92,290
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 20,260 1.52 $37.07 $77,110
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,910 0.93 $28.61 $59,510
State Government (OES Designation) 19,140 0.87 $30.88 $64,230

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 190 2.29 $59.60 $123,970
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 40 0.10 $51.59 $107,300
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,240 0.26 $48.44 $100,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,130 0.05 $48.16 $100,170
Scientific Research and Development Services 2,980 0.44 $46.95 $97,650


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 14,790 0.93 1.54 $40.67 $84,580
Florida 5,320 0.65 1.08 $26.84 $55,830
Texas 5,050 0.43 0.72 $43.27 $90,000
New York 3,700 0.41 0.68 $37.22 $77,420
North Carolina 3,370 0.80 1.33 $30.70 $63,850




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 1,390 1.97 3.29 $52.70 $109,620
Alaska 640 1.97 3.28 $41.71 $86,760
Wyoming 450 1.64 2.73 $31.43 $65,370
Vermont 430 1.43 2.38 $29.86 $62,100
New Mexico 1,110 1.38 2.30 $41.29 $85,880




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 1,390 1.97 3.29 $52.70 $109,620
Texas 5,050 0.43 0.72 $43.27 $90,000
Colorado 3,140 1.25 2.09 $42.71 $88,830
Alaska 640 1.97 3.28 $41.71 $86,760
New Mexico 1,110 1.38 2.30 $41.29 $85,880





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 2,810 1.13 1.88 $50.04 $104,090
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,610 2.86 4.76 $38.52 $80,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,480 0.59 0.98 $41.25 $85,810
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.36 0.59 $39.08 $81,290
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,100 0.58 0.96 $42.36 $88,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,040 0.70 1.16 $45.04 $93,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.13 1.89 $38.98 $81,070
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,710 1.21 2.01 $44.42 $92,390
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.53 2.55 $46.91 $97,560
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.91 1.52 $39.21 $81,550