Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
81,690 2.1 % $32.60 $67,810 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.20 $22.51 $29.66 $39.42 $51.92
Annual Wage (2) $37,850 $46,820 $61,700 $82,000 $107,990


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 (OES Designation) 19,210 0.84 $27.37 $56,940
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 17,100 1.73 $34.35 $71,450
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,630 0.91 $31.92 $66,390
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,300 0.20 $29.47 $61,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,840 0.29 $46.00 $95,680

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 17,100 1.73 $34.35 $71,450
Other Pipeline Transportation 60 0.93 $34.19 $71,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,630 0.91 $31.92 $66,390
State Government (OES Designation) 19,210 0.84 $27.37 $56,940
Scientific Research and Development Services 3,310 0.54 $38.68 $80,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $46.04 $95,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,840 0.29 $46.00 $95,680
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.11 $42.08 $87,520
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.08 $41.54 $86,400
Metal Ore Mining 30 0.10 $40.36 $83,950


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 12,120 0.87 1.35 $35.97 $74,820
Texas 7,790 0.77 1.20 $33.70 $70,100
Florida 6,400 0.90 1.40 $26.56 $55,250
Washington 3,880 1.44 2.24 $34.90 $72,590
Virginia 3,520 1.00 1.55 $39.47 $82,100




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 1,440 2.25 3.51 $52.01 $108,190
Alaska 660 2.13 3.31 $33.11 $68,860
Wyoming 410 1.51 2.36 $28.92 $60,140
Washington 3,880 1.44 2.24 $34.90 $72,590
Vermont 390 1.35 2.11 $29.30 $60,930




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 1,440 2.25 3.51 $52.01 $108,190
Massachusetts 1,920 0.62 0.96 $40.66 $84,580
Virginia 3,520 1.00 1.55 $39.47 $82,100
Colorado 2,090 0.97 1.51 $36.61 $76,150
Illinois 1,460 0.27 0.41 $36.24 $75,380

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 3,760 1.64 2.55 $48.50 $100,870
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,540 1.02 1.58 $31.95 $66,450
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,000 1.49 2.31 $36.81 $76,560
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,860 2.27 3.53 $35.42 $73,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.47 0.73 $36.36 $75,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,510 1.22 1.90 $34.28 $71,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,390 0.84 1.30 $42.54 $88,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,350 1.42 2.21 $36.56 $76,040
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,260 2.57 4.00 $27.35 $56,890
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,260 1.02 1.58 $32.62 $67,850




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)
Olympia, WA 500 5.32 8.28 $28.95 $60,210
Tallahassee, FL 710 4.45 6.92 $22.92 $47,660
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 400 4.17 6.49 $42.63 $88,660
Jefferson City, MO 300 4.13 6.43 $20.87 $43,410
Carson City, NV 110 4.10 6.38 $31.92 $66,390
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 860 4.03 6.26 $35.98 $74,830
Cheyenne, WY 150 3.59 5.59 $30.84 $64,150
College Station-Bryan, TX 250 2.68 4.16 $21.96 $45,670
Raleigh-Cary, NC 1,260 2.57 4.00 $27.35 $56,890
Topeka, KS 250 2.32 3.60 $24.82 $51,620




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 3,760 1.64 2.55 $48.50 $100,870
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.51 0.79 $46.41 $96,530
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 970 1.02 1.59 $45.30 $94,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $43.70 $90,900
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 360 0.65 1.01 $43.00 $89,440
Huntsville, AL 90 0.47 0.73 $42.94 $89,320
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 400 4.17 6.49 $42.63 $88,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,390 0.84 1.30 $42.54 $88,480
Appleton, WI 40 0.32 0.50 $40.96 $85,200
Ann Arbor, MI 160 0.88 1.36 $40.84 $84,940

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 260 2.25 3.50 $27.87 $57,960
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 250 1.30 2.02 $24.43 $50,810
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 240 1.75 2.72 $30.79 $64,030
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 190 2.00 3.12 $28.24 $58,750
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 190 2.00 3.11 $26.65 $55,430

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 Vermont nonmetropolitan area 170 2.44 3.80 $28.56 $59,400
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 2.31 3.60 $34.11 $70,950
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 260 2.25 3.50 $27.87 $57,960
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 2.20 3.42 $28.45 $59,170
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 2.03 3.16 $40.14 $83,490

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.51 2.35 $45.64 $94,940
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 30 2.03 3.16 $40.14 $83,490
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 0.59 $38.10 $79,250
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.45 $77,890
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.85 1.33 $35.35 $73,540


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011