Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-3025 Environmental Engineering Technicians

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.


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)
18,450 3.5 % $22.51 $46,820 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.46 $16.61 $20.86 $27.01 $34.62
Annual Wage (2) $28,000 $34,550 $43,390 $56,180 $72,020


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)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,790 0.53 $21.91 $45,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,020 0.30 $19.31 $40,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,110 0.04 $25.01 $52,030
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,310 1.10 $20.55 $42,740
State Government (OES Designation) 1,160 0.05 $23.34 $48,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,310 1.10 $20.55 $42,740
Waste Treatment and Disposal 530 0.56 $25.01 $52,030
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,790 0.53 $21.91 $45,570
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,020 0.30 $19.31 $40,160
Metal Ore Mining 90 0.26 $24.79 $51,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $34.63 $72,030
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 190 0.05 $31.78 $66,100
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 150 0.14 $30.90 $64,270
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 80 0.07 $29.83 $62,050
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 40 0.05 $29.44 $61,230


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 2,570 0.18 1.26 $27.77 $57,760
Texas 1,410 0.14 0.96 $24.84 $51,660
Florida 1,170 0.16 1.13 $19.30 $40,140
Pennsylvania 960 0.18 1.21 $22.50 $46,790
New York 760 0.09 0.63 $21.60 $44,920




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 210 0.69 4.77 $27.90 $58,030
West Virginia 320 0.46 3.19 $19.22 $39,980
New Mexico 360 0.46 3.16 $24.78 $51,550
Vermont 90 0.32 2.20 $18.85 $39,210
South Carolina 550 0.32 2.18 $26.35 $54,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 130 0.11 0.79 $30.56 $63,560
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.65 $28.84 $59,980
Alaska 210 0.69 4.77 $27.90 $58,030
California 2,570 0.18 1.26 $27.77 $57,760
South Carolina 550 0.32 2.18 $26.35 $54,800

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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.15 1.03 $25.52 $53,070
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 560 0.16 1.08 $17.42 $36,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 510 0.20 1.40 $26.50 $55,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 460 0.21 1.43 $19.51 $40,580
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.33 2.27 $31.19 $64,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 440 0.26 1.81 $20.25 $42,120
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 360 0.29 1.98 $28.33 $58,930
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.33 2.29 $28.67 $59,640
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 310 0.28 1.94 $18.80 $39,100
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 260 0.15 1.01 $21.72 $45,190




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)
Huntsville, AL 210 1.05 7.25 $16.59 $34,500
Charleston, WV 120 0.87 5.99 $19.31 $40,160
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.58 3.96 $29.74 $61,860
Midland, TX 30 0.48 3.27 $31.25 $65,000
Longview, TX 40 0.47 3.23 $27.94 $58,120
Columbia, SC 150 0.44 3.02 $20.09 $41,790
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 130 0.43 2.98 $29.16 $60,640
Gainesville, FL 50 0.43 2.96 $16.49 $34,300
Mobile, AL 70 0.42 2.86 $16.50 $34,330
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.40 2.75 $23.29 $48,450




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $34.40 $71,540
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.86 $66,270
Midland, TX 30 0.48 3.27 $31.25 $65,000
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.33 2.27 $31.19 $64,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 190 0.23 1.56 $30.57 $63,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 130 0.06 0.39 $29.75 $61,880
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 60 0.58 3.96 $29.74 $61,860
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.26 $60,850
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 130 0.43 2.98 $29.16 $60,640
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.33 2.29 $28.67 $59,640

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 5.12 $20.80 $43,270
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.32 9.12 $27.68 $57,570
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.65 4.45 $15.96 $33,200
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.55 3.75 $17.66 $36,730
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 3.41 $19.33 $40,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 2.70 18.62 $28.66 $59,620
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.32 9.12 $27.68 $57,570
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 5.12 $20.80 $43,270
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 4.82 $19.80 $41,180
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.65 4.45 $15.96 $33,200

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 2.70 18.62 $28.66 $59,620
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.32 9.12 $27.68 $57,570
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 3.24 $25.41 $52,850
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.74 5.12 $20.80 $43,270
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.70 4.82 $19.80 $41,180


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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 17, 2011

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