Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Performs laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health. Under direction of an environmental scientist or specialist, may collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing and take corrective actions as assigned.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
29,460 2.5 % $17.90 $37,230 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.37 $13.21 $16.99 $21.65 $27.02
Annual Wage (2) $21,560 $27,470 $35,340 $45,030 $56,190

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 6,440 $19.42 $40,390
Management and technical consulting services 5,710 $17.14 $35,650
Architectural and engineering services 5,310 $15.51 $32,250
State government (OES designation) 4,180 $19.49 $40,540
General medical and surgical hospitals 1,220 $11.77 $24,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Power generation and supply 440 $28.81 $59,920
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 60 $25.76 $53,570
Management of companies and enterprises 150 $25.59 $53,220
Plywood and engineered wood product mfg. 50 $25.32 $52,660
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 80 $23.12 $48,100

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
West Virginia 480 $14.31 $29,760 0.070%
Alaska 150 $17.97 $37,370 0.051%
New Mexico 370 $17.45 $36,290 0.049%
Kentucky 740 $16.54 $34,410 0.043%
Texas 3,730 $17.76 $36,940 0.040%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Nevada 190 $23.70 $49,290 0.017%
Colorado 570 $21.97 $45,690 0.027%
Connecticut 390 $21.71 $45,160 0.024%
District of Columbia 120 $21.33 $44,360 0.020%
Rhode Island 140 $21.08 $43,840 0.029%

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
Springfield, IL MSA 220 $23.43 $48,740 0.203%
Longview-Marshall, TX MSA 150 $14.89 $30,960 0.160%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 90 $20.37 $42,380 0.119%
Bangor, ME MSA 60 $13.67 $28,430 0.104%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 300 $15.26 $31,730 0.100%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 180 $25.62 $53,300 0.019%
Oakland, CA PMSA 380 $24.70 $51,370 0.038%
Colorado Springs, CO MSA 60 $23.84 $49,590 0.025%
San Jose, CA PMSA 140 $23.65 $49,200 0.016%
Denver, CO PMSA 300 $23.45 $48,770 0.026%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) 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 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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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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