Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-2081 Environmental Engineers

Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.


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)
50,350 1.7 % $40.07 $83,340 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.54 $29.60 $38.01 $48.08 $57.48
Annual Wage (2) $48,960 $61,560 $79,050 $100,010 $119,560


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 14,380 1.11 $40.49 $84,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,590 1.01 $40.40 $84,020
State Government (OES Designation) 6,870 0.30 $32.58 $67,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,710 0.07 $38.00 $79,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,630 0.18 $46.42 $96,540

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 1,420 1.14 $39.20 $81,530
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,380 1.11 $40.49 $84,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,590 1.01 $40.40 $84,020
Waste Treatment and Disposal 930 0.96 $41.68 $86,690
Metal Ore Mining 190 0.50 $38.48 $80,030

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 420 0.26 $64.30 $133,740
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 110 0.07 $48.30 $100,470
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 70 0.25 $47.87 $99,560
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.49 $47.60 $99,000
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing 40 0.01 $47.40 $98,590


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 6,000 0.43 1.09 $43.77 $91,050
Florida 3,130 0.44 1.11 $33.47 $69,620
Texas 2,980 0.29 0.74 $49.34 $102,630
New York 2,870 0.34 0.87 $42.25 $87,880
Pennsylvania 2,640 0.48 1.21 $40.64 $84,520




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 360 1.16 2.97 $52.91 $110,050
Wyoming 260 0.95 2.43 $36.21 $75,310
New Mexico 690 0.88 2.25 $42.46 $88,320
Massachusetts 2,620 0.83 2.11 $38.10 $79,250
Vermont 230 0.79 2.02 $37.99 $79,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 360 1.16 2.97 $52.91 $110,050
Texas 2,980 0.29 0.74 $49.34 $102,630
District of Columbia 460 0.72 1.83 $48.25 $100,350
Tennessee 1,060 0.41 1.03 $44.31 $92,160
Connecticut 660 0.41 1.05 $43.91 $91,340





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)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,780 1.06 2.71 $38.74 $80,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.69 1.77 $45.79 $95,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.26 0.65 $46.10 $95,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,180 0.53 1.34 $35.66 $74,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.26 0.67 $42.56 $88,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 940 0.52 1.33 $42.03 $87,420
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 890 0.35 0.89 $61.61 $128,140
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 880 0.64 1.64 $43.03 $89,510
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 880 0.73 1.86 $44.15 $91,820
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 850 0.69 1.75 $38.27 $79,600




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 330 3.34 8.51 $46.83 $97,400
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 120 2.72 6.92 $38.53 $80,140
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 400 1.97 5.02 $44.88 $93,340
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 200 1.60 4.07 $40.78 $84,820
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 340 1.58 4.03 $41.40 $86,120
Anchorage, AK 230 1.39 3.53 $56.44 $117,400
Knoxville, TN 440 1.37 3.48 $50.00 $104,010
Olympia, WA 120 1.32 3.36 $43.68 $90,860
Springfield, IL 140 1.30 3.32 $35.48 $73,790
Huntsville, AL 250 1.24 3.16 $38.16 $79,360




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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 890 0.35 0.89 $61.61 $128,140
Anchorage, AK 230 1.39 3.53 $56.44 $117,400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 440 0.46 1.16 $53.97 $112,260
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.70 1.79 $51.97 $108,100
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.15 0.39 $51.27 $106,640
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 150 0.60 1.52 $50.34 $104,710
Knoxville, TN 440 1.37 3.48 $50.00 $104,010
Anniston-Oxford, AL (8) (8) (8) $49.06 $102,050
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.22 0.55 $48.40 $100,680
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 90 0.53 1.36 $48.39 $100,650

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)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 2.25 $40.30 $83,820
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.03 2.63 $31.79 $66,110
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 2.33 $38.98 $81,090
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 110 1.11 2.83 $40.00 $83,200
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 90 1.67 4.24 $22.80 $47,420

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)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 2.14 5.45 $32.40 $67,380
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 80 1.71 4.35 $42.64 $88,690
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 90 1.67 4.24 $22.80 $47,420
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.19 3.04 $40.14 $83,490
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 1.15 2.94 $33.81 $70,330

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)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.77 $51.47 $107,060
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.86 2.18 $48.62 $101,120
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $47.03 $97,820
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 1.44 $46.29 $96,290
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.86 2.20 $42.79 $88,990


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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