Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
32,600 2.5 % $24.21 $50,350 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.72 $17.03 $22.20 $29.44 $38.53
Annual Wage (2) $28,530 $35,420 $46,170 $61,240 $80,130


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 7,910 0.55 $22.05 $45,860
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,970 0.13 $26.23 $54,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,070 0.42 $21.51 $44,730
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,240 0.10 $23.17 $48,200
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,820 0.06 $25.53 $53,090

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 1,060 0.71 $34.15 $71,030
Waste Treatment and Disposal 620 0.64 $25.63 $53,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,910 0.55 $22.05 $45,860
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,070 0.42 $21.51 $44,730
Social Advocacy Organizations 550 0.26 $21.32 $44,340

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 90 0.08 $37.86 $78,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.09 $37.11 $77,200
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $35.09 $72,990
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $34.44 $71,640
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,060 0.71 $34.15 $71,030


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 5,110 0.30 1.33 $28.89 $60,090
Texas 2,810 0.23 1.03 $22.29 $46,370
New York 2,400 0.26 1.14 $25.39 $52,810
Ohio 1,520 0.28 1.24 $21.62 $44,970
Washington 1,280 0.39 1.74 $34.47 $71,700




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)
West Virginia 680 0.98 4.34 $20.90 $43,480
New Mexico 520 0.65 2.86 $25.23 $52,470
Alaska 200 0.63 2.79 $26.71 $55,560
Delaware 210 0.46 2.06 $18.08 $37,610
Wyoming 110 0.42 1.88 $21.23 $44,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,280 0.39 1.74 $34.47 $71,700
Rhode Island 70 0.14 0.62 $31.60 $65,730
District of Columbia 150 0.21 0.94 $30.95 $64,370
Utah 200 0.14 0.62 $29.17 $60,670
California 5,110 0.30 1.33 $28.89 $60,090





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,020 0.21 0.94 $26.47 $55,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,510 0.25 1.10 $29.29 $60,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 980 0.33 1.46 $22.35 $46,480
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 790 0.17 0.76 $21.63 $44,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 740 0.31 1.36 $29.69 $61,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 660 0.25 1.10 $18.30 $38,060
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 540 0.37 1.65 $28.32 $58,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 530 0.17 0.75 $27.31 $56,810
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 520 0.53 2.36 $26.62 $55,360
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 510 0.14 0.63 $22.91 $47,650




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)
Charleston, WV 180 1.63 7.22 $23.46 $48,790
Beckley, WV 60 1.35 5.98 $21.56 $44,840
Jacksonville, NC 40 0.87 3.85 $24.67 $51,310
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 110 0.87 3.87 $19.70 $40,970
Canton-Massillon, OH 140 0.82 3.62 $19.10 $39,720
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.76 3.36 $19.01 $39,540
Syracuse, NY 230 0.76 3.38 $17.29 $35,960
Iowa City, IA 70 0.73 3.23 $24.97 $51,940
Clarksville, TN-KY 60 0.71 3.13 $18.78 $39,050
Morgantown, WV 40 0.63 2.80 $20.45 $42,530