Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
87,380 1.3 % $34.02 $70,770 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.74 $23.45 $31.29 $41.77 $54.32
Annual Wage (2) $38,980 $48,780 $65,090 $86,880 $112,990


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)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 20,060 1.74 $35.89 $74,640
State Government (OES Designation) 19,880 0.91 $28.50 $59,280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,340 0.92 $34.40 $71,560
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,090 0.22 $30.27 $62,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,580 0.28 $46.93 $97,610

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 20,060 1.74 $35.89 $74,640
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 12,340 0.92 $34.40 $71,560
State Government (OES Designation) 19,880 0.91 $28.50 $59,280
Waste Treatment and Disposal 640 0.67 $36.42 $75,750
Other Pipeline Transportation 40 0.65 $43.59 $90,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 250 0.04 $49.81 $103,610
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 480 0.44 $49.53 $103,020
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,030 0.54 $47.04 $97,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,580 0.28 $46.93 $97,610
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 40 0.04 $45.69 $95,030


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 14,530 0.99 1.50 $40.01 $83,210
Texas 5,940 0.54 0.83 $36.27 $75,450
Florida 5,060 0.68 1.03 $26.48 $55,070
Washington 4,010 1.42 2.15 $36.50 $75,920
North Carolina 3,970 1.00 1.52 $29.21 $60,760




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 1,070 3.31 5.02 $33.31 $69,290
Vermont 720 2.42 3.67 $26.24 $54,580
District of Columbia 1,430 2.15 3.26 $52.77 $109,770
Wyoming 430 1.53 2.33 $28.55 $59,390
Washington 4,010 1.42 2.15 $36.50 $75,920




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 1,430 2.15 3.26 $52.77 $109,770
Virginia 3,300 0.91 1.38 $40.44 $84,120
Rhode Island 260 0.58 0.87 $40.23 $83,680
California 14,530 0.99 1.50 $40.01 $83,210
Illinois 1,820 0.32 0.48 $38.28 $79,620





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 3,400 1.43 2.18 $49.71 $103,390
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 2,490 2.97 4.51 $36.94 $76,820
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,450 0.62 0.94 $41.01 $85,300
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,130 1.47 2.23 $37.36 $77,710
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,040 0.74 1.12 $41.18 $85,660
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,720 0.98 1.49 $30.75 $63,960
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,590 1.59 2.41 $45.14 $93,890
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,570 1.22 1.86 $39.15 $81,420
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,400 1.08 1.64 $37.76 $78,550
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.94 1.42 $42.09 $87,560




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 510 5.14 7.79 $47.68 $99,180
Boulder, CO 830 5.11 7.76 $39.43 $82,020
Santa Fe, NM 270 4.49 6.81 $29.24 $60,810
Jefferson City, MO 320 4.40 6.68 $21.53 $44,780
Tallahassee, FL 640 4.08 6.19 $27.54 $57,280
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 820 3.80 5.76 $40.58 $84,410
Olympia, WA 360 3.74 5.68 $27.86 $57,950
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 940 3.40 5.16 $30.96 $64,400
Cheyenne, WY 140 3.11 4.72 $31.05 $64,580
Carson City, NV 80 2.99 4.53 $30.56 $63,560