Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
30,870 2.3 % $20.92 $43,520 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.78 $15.61 $19.61 $25.29 $31.34
Annual Wage (2) $26,570 $32,460 $40,790 $52,610 $65,190


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,540 $20.66 $42,980
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,800 $22.59 $46,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,790 $18.67 $38,840
State Government (OES Designation) 4,410 $21.67 $45,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 770 $19.65 $40,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 60 $42.89 $89,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 $29.56 $61,490
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) $26.42 $54,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 $26.07 $54,220
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 $25.67 $53,400


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
South Carolina 910 $19.47 $40,490 0.506
West Virginia 310 $16.94 $35,240 0.447
Idaho 270 $15.28 $31,770 0.443
Montana 180 $16.46 $34,250 0.409
Wyoming 110 $19.19 $39,920 0.384

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
California 3,540 $26.05 $54,190 0.244
Tennessee 550 $25.29 $52,600 0.208
Nevada 130 $24.89 $51,780 0.113
Nebraska 120 $23.43 $48,740 0.126
Iowa 460 $23.36 $48,590 0.313


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 110 $30.76 $63,980 1.156
Raleigh-Cary, NC 480 $17.18 $35,740 0.962
Amarillo, TX 100 $23.32 $48,510 0.911
Knoxville, TN 290 $26.65 $55,440 0.893
Dothan, AL 50 (8) (8) 0.872

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 70 $36.28 $75,470 0.750
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 270 $31.03 $64,550 0.275
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 110 $30.76 $63,980 1.156
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 $30.45 $63,330 0.589
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 $29.82 $62,020 0.310


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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