Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
87,250 1.5 % $35.55 $73,930 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.40 $24.35 $32.43 $43.37 $56.77
Annual Wage (2) $40,350 $50,640 $67,460 $90,210 $118,070


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 20,670 1.66 $37.02 $77,000
State Government (OES Designation) 19,940 0.90 $29.87 $62,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,120 0.23 $33.08 $68,800
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 11,390 0.82 $34.47 $71,700
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,280 0.27 $47.96 $99,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 210 2.63 $57.04 $118,640
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 240 2.31 $51.50 $107,120
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 20,670 1.66 $37.02 $77,000
State Government (OES Designation) 19,940 0.90 $29.87 $62,130
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,700 0.85 $28.59 $59,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 210 2.63 $57.04 $118,640
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 240 2.31 $51.50 $107,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,070 0.05 $49.85 $103,690
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 40 0.05 $48.30 $100,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,280 0.27 $47.96 $99,770


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 15,300 0.99 1.56 $40.69 $84,640
Florida 5,400 0.68 1.08 $27.14 $56,450
Texas 5,380 0.46 0.73 $40.65 $84,560
Washington 3,980 1.33 2.11 $35.34 $73,500
Ohio 3,460 0.66 1.04 $32.35 $67,290



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 1,570 2.32 3.67 $51.83 $107,800
Alaska 740 2.25 3.56 $41.38 $86,070
Wyoming 470 1.66 2.62 $30.26 $62,940
Vermont 430 1.43 2.26 $28.97 $60,260
Washington 3,980 1.33 2.11 $35.34 $73,500



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 1,570 2.32 3.67 $51.83 $107,800
Illinois 2,710 0.46 0.73 $41.41 $86,140
Alaska 740 2.25 3.56 $41.38 $86,070
New Jersey 2,800 0.72 1.13 $41.07 $85,420
California 15,300 0.99 1.56 $40.69 $84,640




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 3,050 1.26 1.99 $50.13 $104,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,900 0.71 1.12 $41.90 $87,160
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,610 2.99 4.72 $37.69 $78,390
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,360 1.53 2.42 $36.78 $76,500
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,110 0.33 0.51 $37.68 $78,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,060 0.58 0.91 $43.04 $89,520
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,050 0.70 1.10 $44.71 $93,010
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,870 1.77 2.80 $45.62 $94,880
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,600 1.16 1.84 $39.07 $81,260
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.82 1.30 $39.79 $82,760