Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.


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)
32,840 2.4 % $23.71 $49,310 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.57 $16.87 $21.87 $28.76 $37.48
Annual Wage (2) $28,230 $35,090 $45,490 $59,820 $77,960


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 8,180 0.60 $22.46 $46,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,890 0.49 $21.10 $43,890
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,300 0.12 $25.23 $52,470
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,390 0.11 $22.45 $46,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,820 0.06 $24.21 $50,360

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 630 0.66 $29.03 $60,380
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 890 0.63 $32.94 $68,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,180 0.60 $22.46 $46,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,890 0.49 $21.10 $43,890
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 130 0.26 $22.30 $46,390

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 $37.59 $78,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 340 0.09 $37.22 $77,430
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $34.71 $72,190
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 890 0.63 $32.94 $68,520
Waste Treatment and Disposal 630 0.66 $29.03 $60,380


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 4,830 0.29 1.26 $27.43 $57,040
Texas 2,830 0.24 1.03 $22.60 $47,000
New York 2,450 0.27 1.16 $23.93 $49,760
Ohio 1,510 0.28 1.22 $20.48 $42,590
Washington 1,270 0.40 1.73 $33.00 $68,640




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)
West Virginia 770 1.12 4.85 $19.65 $40,870
New Mexico 460 0.58 2.51 $25.63 $53,320
Idaho 370 0.53 2.32 $27.41 $57,010
Delaware 220 0.50 2.16 $18.65 $38,790
Wyoming 130 0.48 2.06 $22.44 $46,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,270 0.40 1.73 $33.00 $68,640
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $31.08 $64,650
Maryland 500 0.19 0.81 $27.71 $57,630
Utah 270 0.19 0.82 $27.70 $57,610
California 4,830 0.29 1.26 $27.43 $57,040



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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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.20 0.88 $26.90 $55,950
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,080 0.37 1.61 $22.41 $46,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.17 0.73 $30.40 $63,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 730 0.37 1.59 $20.63 $42,910
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 690 0.48 2.08 $24.35 $50,650
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.64 $22.08 $45,930
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.32 1.39 $26.71 $55,560
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 460 0.47 2.06 $25.77 $53,600
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 430 0.30 1.30 $22.63 $47,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 410 0.16 0.69 $21.78 $45,300


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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)
Beckley, WV 100 2.36 10.25 $20.60 $42,850
Idaho Falls, ID 140 2.18 9.46 $39.89 $82,960
Charleston, WV 220 2.01 8.73 $19.98 $41,570
Pocatello, ID 60 1.73 7.53 $17.44 $36,270
Corvallis, OR 40 1.13 4.89 $24.26 $50,470
Syracuse, NY 330 1.08 4.69 $16.67 $34,660
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.07 4.66 $22.29 $46,360
Wheeling, WV-OH 60 1.01 4.39 $19.32 $40,180
Canton-Massillon, OH 140 0.83 3.59 $17.76 $36,940
Cheyenne, WY 40 0.82 3.57 $23.25 $48,350


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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)
Idaho Falls, ID 140 2.18 9.46 $39.89 $82,960
Kennewick-Richland, WA (8) (8) (8) $36.88 $76,710
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.33 1.43 $35.51 $73,870
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.36 1.57 $32.75 $68,120
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 320 0.29 1.26 $32.27 $67,110
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.38 1.63 $30.78 $64,010
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.24 1.05 $30.56 $63,560
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.17 0.73 $30.40 $63,220
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 110 0.21 0.91 $29.66 $61,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 390 0.15 0.67 $29.24 $60,820

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.08 4.69 $20.29 $42,210
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 4.04 $22.85 $47,530
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 120 0.74 3.22 $23.94 $49,790
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 3.56 $21.88 $45,510
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.46 1.99 $17.33 $36,050

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)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.08 4.69 $20.29 $42,210
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 4.13 $33.06 $68,770
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 4.04 $22.85 $47,530
Panhandle of Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.91 3.94 $18.95 $39,410
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 80 0.82 3.56 $21.88 $45,510

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)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.95 4.13 $33.06 $68,770
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.54 $67,680
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.19 $64,870
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.01 $60,340
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.74 $51,470


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