Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
28,480 2.1 % $21.36 $44,440 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.78 $15.77 $19.90 $25.93 $32.52
Annual Wage (2) $26,590 $32,790 $41,380 $53,940 $67,630


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 7,250 0.73 $20.90 $43,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,780 0.12 $22.69 $47,190
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,380 0.42 $19.01 $39,530
State Government (OES Designation) 3,500 0.15 $22.85 $47,520
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 710 0.03 $22.57 $46,940

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 7,250 0.73 $20.90 $43,460
Waste Treatment and Disposal 490 0.52 $21.19 $44,070
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,380 0.42 $19.01 $39,530
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 450 0.37 $21.98 $45,710
Social Advocacy Organizations 420 0.22 $17.62 $36,650

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 430 0.11 $31.55 $65,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 0.05 $29.97 $62,330
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.03 $25.61 $53,270
State Government (OES Designation) 3,500 0.15 $22.85 $47,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,780 0.12 $22.69 $47,190


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 3,330 0.24 1.06 $26.17 $54,430
Texas 2,300 0.23 1.02 $19.07 $39,670
New York 1,730 0.21 0.92 $21.61 $44,950
Florida 1,600 0.23 1.00 $18.02 $37,490
Illinois 1,570 0.29 1.27 $24.40 $50,750




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)
South Carolina 880 0.50 2.24 $19.50 $40,560
West Virginia 310 0.45 1.99 $17.38 $36,160
Wyoming 120 0.43 1.91 $20.65 $42,960
North Carolina 1,360 0.36 1.61 $18.05 $37,550
Iowa 510 0.35 1.58 $23.52 $48,910




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 110 0.17 0.76 $30.37 $63,180
Nevada 220 0.19 0.87 $26.91 $55,970
California 3,330 0.24 1.06 $26.17 $54,430
Tennessee 600 0.23 1.04 $24.97 $51,930
Colorado 540 0.25 1.12 $24.75 $51,480

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)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 960 0.27 1.21 $22.21 $46,210
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 900 0.36 1.61 $18.32 $38,120
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.11 0.49 $23.60 $49,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.14 0.62 $28.75 $59,810
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 500 0.30 1.36 $23.17 $48,190
Raleigh-Cary, NC 490 0.99 4.42 $16.91 $35,170
Columbia, SC 420 1.28 5.70 $19.58 $40,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 420 0.34 1.50 $23.02 $47,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.20 0.87 $21.45 $44,610
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 340 0.28 1.25 $23.36 $48,590




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)
Springfield, IL 320 3.02 13.46 $31.16 $64,800
Columbia, SC 420 1.28 5.70 $19.58 $40,730
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 120 1.26 5.61 $29.08 $60,490
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 120 1.04 4.62 $27.00 $56,170
Raleigh-Cary, NC 490 0.99 4.42 $16.91 $35,170
Knoxville, TN 290 0.91 4.07 $26.96 $56,090
Wilmington, NC 110 0.85 3.80 $20.99 $43,670
York-Hanover, PA 140 0.81 3.59 $15.87 $33,000
Missoula, MT 40 0.80 3.55 $14.48 $30,110
Logan, UT-ID 30 0.68 3.03 $18.51 $38,510




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)
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 70 0.53 2.37 $35.47 $73,790
Manhattan, KS (8) (8) (8) $31.70 $65,940
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.24 1.07 $31.16 $64,810
Springfield, IL 320 3.02 13.46 $31.16 $64,800
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.22 0.96 $29.86 $62,120
Bakersfield, CA 60 0.26 1.15 $29.30 $60,940
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 120 1.26 5.61 $29.08 $60,490
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.21 0.92 $29.03 $60,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.14 0.62 $28.75 $59,810
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.32 1.44 $28.49 $59,270

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.25 5.56 $20.06 $41,730
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 3.72 $26.41 $54,930
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.40 1.79 $20.09 $41,780
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 4.06 $25.12 $52,240
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 2.82 $16.41 $34,140

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 190 1.25 5.56 $20.06 $41,730
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.16 5.17 $13.04 $27,130
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 1.13 5.02 $19.06 $39,650
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 4.06 $25.12 $52,240
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 3.72 $26.41 $54,930

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)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.96 $30.77 $64,000
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 120 0.83 3.72 $26.41 $54,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.91 4.06 $25.12 $52,240
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.20 $24.26 $50,460
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 30 0.13 0.58 $24.09 $50,100


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:

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011