Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
84,240 1.4 % $33.16 $68,970 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.55 $23.00 $30.56 $40.72 $52.87
Annual Wage (2) $38,570 $47,840 $63,570 $84,690 $109,970


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) 19,060 0.87 $28.10 $58,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 18,800 1.71 $34.10 $70,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,650 0.97 $33.46 $69,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,900 0.22 $30.31 $63,050
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,770 0.28 $46.73 $97,190

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 18,800 1.71 $34.10 $70,920
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,650 0.97 $33.46 $69,590
Waste Treatment and Disposal 880 0.91 $36.61 $76,140
State Government (OES Designation) 19,060 0.87 $28.10 $58,450
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.65 $34.84 $72,460

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 190 0.17 $49.68 $103,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 720 0.40 $47.45 $98,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,770 0.28 $46.73 $97,190
Natural Gas Distribution 130 0.12 $45.61 $94,870
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.03 $42.87 $89,170


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 13,270 0.93 1.44 $37.90 $78,820
Texas 6,350 0.60 0.93 $35.63 $74,110
Florida 5,460 0.75 1.16 $25.84 $53,740
North Carolina 3,990 1.03 1.59 $28.38 $59,030
Washington 3,610 1.31 2.02 $38.94 $81,000




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)
Alaska 980 3.08 4.76 $32.99 $68,610
Vermont 660 2.23 3.45 $25.02 $52,050
District of Columbia 1,310 2.00 3.10 $53.94 $112,200
Wyoming 410 1.48 2.29 $28.64 $59,580
Washington 3,610 1.31 2.02 $38.94 $81,000




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 1,310 2.00 3.10 $53.94 $112,200
Rhode Island 260 0.57 0.88 $40.71 $84,680
Washington 3,610 1.31 2.02 $38.94 $81,000
Virginia 3,150 0.87 1.35 $38.56 $80,200
California 13,270 0.93 1.44 $37.90 $78,820





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 3,350 1.43 2.21 $47.63 $99,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,320 0.88 1.36 $39.58 $82,330
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,180 2.67 4.13 $36.59 $76,110
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,910 1.36 2.10 $40.27 $83,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,690 0.99 1.53 $32.77 $68,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,650 1.17 1.81 $38.73 $80,550
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,630 1.32 2.05 $40.22 $83,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,620 1.29 1.99 $35.57 $73,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,620 0.42 0.65 $38.35 $79,760
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,340 1.06 1.64 $34.83 $72,440




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 550 5.63 8.71 $49.07 $102,070
Tallahassee, FL 710 4.56 7.05 $23.63 $49,160
Santa Fe, NM 240 4.15 6.41 $28.43 $59,140
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 880 4.10 6.33 $39.67 $82,520
Jefferson City, MO 290 4.08 6.31 $21.38 $44,470
Olympia, WA 380 4.07 6.29 $28.56 $59,400
Cheyenne, WY 150 3.60 5.57 $31.24 $64,980
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 930 3.40 5.26 $30.64 $63,740
Carson City, NV 90 3.31 5.12 $31.55 $65,620
Boulder, CO 480 2.98 4.62 $31.87 $66,290