Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
19,490 3.3 % $23.51 $48,910 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.63 $16.87 $21.56 $28.45 $36.58
Annual Wage (2) $28,350 $35,080 $44,850 $59,170 $76,100


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 6,060 0.47 $21.74 $45,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,380 0.32 $20.16 $41,930
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,090 0.04 $25.70 $53,460
State Government (OES Designation) 2,030 0.09 $29.17 $60,670
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,190 0.96 $21.27 $44,240

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 1,190 0.96 $21.27 $44,240
Waste Treatment and Disposal 530 0.55 $25.34 $52,720
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,060 0.47 $21.74 $45,220
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.36 $27.08 $56,320
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,380 0.32 $20.16 $41,930

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 300 0.19 $35.55 $73,940
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 150 0.13 $32.72 $68,060
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $32.52 $67,640
Facilities Support Services 60 0.05 $29.31 $60,970
State Government (OES Designation) 2,030 0.09 $29.17 $60,670


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 2,690 0.19 1.26 $30.58 $63,600
Texas 1,330 0.13 0.85 $25.56 $53,150
Pennsylvania 1,060 0.19 1.26 $22.04 $45,850
Florida 970 0.14 0.90 $19.84 $41,260
North Carolina 890 0.23 1.54 $24.93 $51,850




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 290 0.93 6.13 $27.16 $56,490
New Mexico 340 0.44 2.91 $23.73 $49,350
West Virginia 280 0.41 2.67 $19.54 $40,650
Montana 140 0.33 2.15 $18.23 $37,930
Alabama 550 0.30 1.99 $18.78 $39,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 120 0.11 0.69 $33.11 $68,880
California 2,690 0.19 1.26 $30.58 $63,600
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.55 $29.60 $61,580
South Carolina 460 0.26 1.71 $29.24 $60,820
Washington 460 0.17 1.11 $27.52 $57,250





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 650 0.17 1.12 $29.69 $61,760
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 590 0.27 1.75 $19.08 $39,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 500 0.19 1.28 $25.17 $52,350
Raleigh-Cary, NC 420 0.85 5.56 $28.27 $58,810
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 0.72 $16.22 $33,740
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 390 0.48 3.15 $43.24 $89,930
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 360 0.26 1.70 $29.14 $60,610
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 340 0.20 1.33 $20.91 $43,490
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 330 0.18 1.19 $22.11 $45,980
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 320 0.26 1.72 $28.58 $59,450




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 200 1.01 6.68 $18.50 $38,490
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 100 0.97 6.39 $30.06 $62,520
Raleigh-Cary, NC 420 0.85 5.56 $28.27 $58,810
Mobile, AL 110 0.64 4.20 $17.49 $36,390
Charleston, WV 80 0.59 3.90 $20.51 $42,660
Asheville, NC 90 0.54 3.54 $19.72 $41,010
Midland, TX 40 0.52 3.40 $32.84 $68,300
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 100 0.52 3.41 $17.17 $35,720
Lafayette, LA 80 0.52 3.41 $17.80 $37,020
Knoxville, TN 160 0.49 3.20 $20.04 $41,690




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)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 390 0.48 3.15 $43.24 $89,930
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $35.05 $72,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 150 0.17 1.11 $32.93 $68,490
Midland, TX 40 0.52 3.40 $32.84 $68,300
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 80 0.30 1.94 $31.33 $65,170
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.25 $30.97 $64,420
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.39 $30.30 $63,030
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 100 0.97 6.39 $30.06 $62,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 650 0.17 1.12 $29.69 $61,760
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 160 0.07 0.46 $29.47 $61,300

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 2.30 15.14 $26.45 $55,020
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 3.69 $22.46 $46,720
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 4.13 $18.91 $39,340
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 3.45 $23.02 $47,880
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 2.71 $18.58 $38,660

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 2.30 15.14 $26.45 $55,020
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 4.21 $35.46 $73,750
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.63 4.13 $18.91 $39,340
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.63 4.12 $17.93 $37,290
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 3.69 $22.46 $46,720

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.64 4.21 $35.46 $73,750
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 170 2.30 15.14 $26.45 $55,020
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.22 $50,380
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.52 3.45 $23.02 $47,880
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.56 3.69 $22.46 $46,720


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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