Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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. Utilizing knowledge of various scientific disciplines may collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources. Exclude "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).

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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)
60,380 2.1 % $24.51 $50,970 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.39 $17.70 $22.88 $30.00 $37.60
Annual Wage (2) $29,920 $36,820 $47,600 $62,400 $78,200

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
State government (OES designation) 17,530 $22.26 $46,300 1 27
Local government (OES designation) 9,140 $22.78 $47,370 2 26
Architectural and engineering services 8,830 $23.78 $49,460 3 25
Management and technical consulting services 8,520 $24.63 $51,230 4 22
Federal government (OES designation) 5,290 $32.08 $66,720 5 6

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 160 $36.99 $76,950 19 1
Agricultural chemical manufacturing 210 $36.49 $75,910 16 2
Power generation and supply 580 $33.69 $70,070 10 3
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 170 $33.57 $69,830 18 4
Electronic instrument manufacturing 30 $33.47 $69,620 28 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 510 $26.76 $55,660 0.178% 101
District of Columbia 1,050 $37.12 $77,220 0.176% 43
New Mexico 970 $23.33 $48,530 0.133% 99
Washington 2,750 $27.42 $57,040 0.107% 128
Hawaii 570 $23.84 $49,590 0.104% 126

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 1,050 $37.12 $77,220 0.176% 43
California 7,000 $28.43 $59,140 0.048% 161
Washington 2,750 $27.42 $57,040 0.107% 128
New Jersey 2,570 $27.36 $56,910 0.067% 164
Connecticut 630 $27.34 $56,860 0.038% 135

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Olympia, WA PMSA 440 $23.99 $49,900 0.516%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 400 $33.38 $69,430 0.504%
Tallahassee, FL MSA 560 $21.16 $44,000 0.359%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 210 $23.41 $48,690 0.288%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 690 $18.50 $38,480 0.236%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 400 $33.38 $69,430 0.504%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 760 $32.86 $68,360 0.076%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 2,470 $32.54 $67,670 0.093%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 790 $32.04 $66,630 0.020%
Bakersfield, CA MSA 150 $31.85 $66,250 0.066%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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