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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-4042 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 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Industry profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
Geographic profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

National estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
31,860 2.8 % $ 24.50 $ 50,960 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.07 $ 17.26 $ 22.53 $ 29.31 $ 38.72
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,280 $ 35,900 $ 46,850 $ 60,960 $ 80,530


Industry profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,440 0.55 $ 22.47 $ 46,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,430 0.43 $ 24.03 $ 49,990
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 6,090 0.11 $ 26.86 $ 55,860
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,190 0.10 $ 23.69 $ 49,280
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,190 0.75 $ 30.60 $ 63,660

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,190 0.75 $ 30.60 $ 63,660
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 8,440 0.55 $ 22.47 $ 46,740
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,430 0.43 $ 24.03 $ 49,990
Waste Treatment and Disposal 360 0.37 $ 24.47 $ 50,890
Social Advocacy Organizations 490 0.22 $ 20.43 $ 42,500

Top paying industries for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $ 36.87 $ 76,680
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 330 0.09 $ 36.77 $ 76,490
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,190 0.75 $ 30.60 $ 63,660
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $ 27.96 $ 58,160


Geographic profile for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,980 0.36 1.59 $ 26.49 $ 55,110
Texas 3,390 0.28 1.22 $ 23.68 $ 49,250
Florida 1,740 0.21 0.90 $ 22.44 $ 46,670
New York 1,470 0.17 0.74 $ 26.03 $ 54,140
Pennsylvania 1,390 0.25 1.10 $ 21.55 $ 44,810




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 250 0.83 3.63 $ 29.18 $ 60,690
West Virginia 480 0.74 3.24 $ 21.71 $ 45,150
New Mexico 400 0.50 2.20 $ 23.21 $ 48,270
Montana 220 0.49 2.12 $ 19.36 $ 40,270
Washington 1,300 0.41 1.77 $ 30.25 $ 62,930




Top paying states for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 180 0.12 0.51 $ 31.30 $ 65,110
Minnesota 390 0.14 0.63 $ 30.36 $ 63,150
Washington 1,300 0.41 1.77 $ 30.25 $ 62,930
Alaska 250 0.83 3.63 $ 29.18 $ 60,690
Oregon 270 0.15 0.66 $ 28.91 $ 60,130





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,770 0.30 1.33 $ 25.98 $ 54,030
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,390 0.16 0.69 $ 26.18 $ 54,460
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,030 0.44 1.93 $ 28.54 $ 59,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,020 0.34 1.50 $ 24.16 $ 50,240
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 950 0.26 1.16 $ 24.90 $ 51,800
Kennewick-Richland, WA 850 7.48 32.64 $ 32.44 $ 67,470
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 790 0.56 2.46 $ 26.19 $ 54,460
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 660 0.25 1.10 $ 24.17 $ 50,270
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 640 0.24 1.03 $ 22.85 $ 47,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 580 0.23 1.01 $ 23.93 $ 49,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 850 7.48 32.64 $ 32.44 $ 67,470
Charleston, WV 160 1.60 7.00 $ 23.13 $ 48,110
Idaho Falls, ID 110 1.58 6.91 (8) (8)
Fort Collins, CO 240 1.54 6.74 $ 24.28 $ 50,490
Flagstaff, AZ 90 1.53 6.66 $ 22.91 $ 47,660
Athens-Clarke County, GA 100 1.22 5.33 $ 26.13 $ 54,340
Beckley, WV 40 0.93 4.05 $ 23.14 $ 48,120
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.82 3.60 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
State College, PA 50 0.79 3.43 $ 23.39 $ 48,650
Merced, CA 60 0.78 3.40 $ 21.15 $ 43,990




Top paying metropolitan areas for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 370 0.34 1.47 $ 35.83 $ 74,530
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 200 0.11 0.48 $ 34.62 $ 72,010
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.25 1.08 $ 34.06 $ 70,850
Kennewick-Richland, WA 850 7.48 32.64 $ 32.44 $ 67,470
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.12 0.54 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 170 0.15 0.64 $ 30.29 $ 63,000
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 80 0.82 3.60 $ 30.13 $ 62,670
Salt Lake City, UT 90 0.13 0.56 $ 29.87 $ 62,130
Anchorage, AK 70 0.45 1.97 $ 29.82 $ 62,020
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.28 1.21 $ 29.28 $ 60,900

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.21 5.27 $ 18.69 $ 38,870
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.61 7.04 $ 29.11 $ 60,550
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 4.58 $ 19.14 $ 39,820
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 0.65 2.85 $ 21.05 $ 43,780
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 5.62 $ 19.96 $ 41,510

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.61 7.04 $ 29.11 $ 60,550
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 1.29 5.62 $ 19.96 $ 41,510
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.21 5.27 $ 18.69 $ 38,870
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 140 1.05 4.58 $ 19.14 $ 39,820
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 90 0.92 4.04 $ 25.14 $ 52,290

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 33.90 $ 70,510
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 2.97 $ 30.78 $ 64,030
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.22 0.96 $ 29.42 $ 61,190
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 160 1.61 7.04 $ 29.11 $ 60,550
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 1.20 $ 27.86 $ 57,950


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021