Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
32,950 2.2 % $23.05 $47,930 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.16 $16.47 $21.25 $28.02 $36.53
Annual Wage (2) $27,380 $34,270 $44,190 $58,280 $75,980


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 8,930 0.67 $22.27 $46,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,200 0.51 $20.91 $43,490
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,330 0.12 $24.45 $50,860
State Government (OES Designation) 2,910 0.13 $21.43 $44,570
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,250 0.04 $23.03 $47,900

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 8,930 0.67 $22.27 $46,310
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 7,200 0.51 $20.91 $43,490
Waste Treatment and Disposal 470 0.50 $30.58 $63,610
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 620 0.44 $32.48 $67,550
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 140 0.28 $22.85 $47,530

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 370 0.10 $36.41 $75,730
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $34.77 $72,330
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 620 0.44 $32.48 $67,550
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $32.09 $66,740
Waste Treatment and Disposal 470 0.50 $30.58 $63,610


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 4,560 0.29 1.22 $25.77 $53,600
Texas 3,630 0.31 1.32 $21.40 $44,510
New York 2,170 0.24 1.02 $24.34 $50,620
Ohio 1,530 0.29 1.22 $19.86 $41,300
Florida 1,400 0.17 0.73 $20.98 $43,650




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 720 1.04 4.43 $19.83 $41,250
Idaho 330 0.50 2.12 $28.76 $59,820
Delaware 210 0.49 2.07 $18.18 $37,810
Wyoming 130 0.47 2.02 $22.05 $45,860
Nevada 480 0.38 1.60 $26.16 $54,410




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 50 0.07 0.29 $37.48 $77,950
Washington 1,050 0.34 1.45 $30.71 $63,870
Idaho 330 0.50 2.12 $28.76 $59,820
New Mexico 220 0.27 1.15 $28.04 $58,310
Maryland 440 0.17 0.71 $27.31 $56,810





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 1,330 0.20 0.86 $26.84 $55,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,250 0.43 1.82 $21.10 $43,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 740 0.53 2.27 $23.35 $48,560
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 610 0.39 1.66 $25.55 $53,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 590 0.31 1.30 $20.43 $42,500
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 510 0.14 0.60 $18.95 $39,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.12 0.51 $25.89 $53,840
Austin-Round Rock, TX 500 0.52 2.22 $18.89 $39,280
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 490 0.45 1.91 $29.48 $61,320
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 450 0.39 1.67 $27.07 $56,310




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 110 2.45 10.43 $20.41 $42,450
Idaho Falls, ID 150 2.32 9.90 $37.75 $78,510
Charleston, WV 220 1.96 8.36 $18.96 $39,430
Boulder, CO 200 1.13 4.82 $18.44 $38,360
Jacksonville, NC 50 1.03 4.37 $22.23 $46,240
Longview, TX 100 1.02 4.34 $28.74 $59,780
Midland, TX 70 0.85 3.64 $22.90 $47,640
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.81 3.45 $20.03 $41,670
Evansville, IN-KY 120 0.79 3.38 $26.31 $54,730
Santa Rosa, CA 150 0.77 3.28 $30.29 $63,010