Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
50,850 1.9 % $40.93 $85,140 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.80 $30.06 $38.89 $49.49 $58.79
Annual Wage (2) $49,510 $62,520 $80,890 $102,930 $122,290


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 14,760 1.14 $41.97 $87,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,890 0.99 $40.62 $84,500
State Government (OES Designation) 6,630 0.30 $33.12 $68,900
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,570 0.18 $46.48 $96,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,310 0.06 $36.94 $76,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 14,760 1.14 $41.97 $87,310
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,000 1.03 $42.98 $89,400
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,290 1.02 $39.33 $81,810
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,890 0.99 $40.62 $84,500
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.59 $49.51 $102,980

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 580 0.32 $66.14 $137,560
Other Support Services (8) (8) $56.29 $117,070
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 50 0.59 $49.51 $102,980
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 120 0.13 $47.66 $99,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises 1,180 0.06 $47.34 $98,460


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 6,150 0.43 1.10 $44.96 $93,520
Texas 3,320 0.31 0.80 $48.26 $100,390
Pennsylvania 2,910 0.52 1.33 $39.78 $82,750
Massachusetts 2,860 0.89 2.29 $38.15 $79,340
New York 2,850 0.33 0.86 $43.38 $90,240




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 420 1.33 3.40 $52.27 $108,730
New Mexico 680 0.89 2.27 $43.79 $91,090
Massachusetts 2,860 0.89 2.29 $38.15 $79,340
Wyoming 210 0.76 1.94 $39.65 $82,480
District of Columbia 490 0.75 1.92 $47.71 $99,240




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.33 3.40 $52.27 $108,730
Texas 3,320 0.31 0.80 $48.26 $100,390
District of Columbia 490 0.75 1.92 $47.71 $99,240
California 6,150 0.43 1.10 $44.96 $93,520
Tennessee 980 0.37 0.95 $44.71 $93,000





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,980 0.85 2.17 $47.75 $99,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,910 1.11 2.86 $38.67 $80,430
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,360 0.26 0.68 $47.20 $98,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,270 0.56 1.44 $36.13 $75,160
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.63 1.62 $39.65 $82,470
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,150 0.44 1.12 $58.19 $121,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,100 0.29 0.73 $46.72 $97,170
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,040 0.84 2.16 $42.67 $88,750
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 960 0.68 1.75 $44.04 $91,610
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 840 0.66 1.70 $38.79 $80,690




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 230 2.35 6.03 $48.75 $101,390
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 420 2.07 5.29 $44.67 $92,910
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 70 1.63 4.19 $36.67 $76,270
Anchorage, AK 280 1.62 4.15 $55.59 $115,630
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 200 1.47 3.77 $41.93 $87,220
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.45 3.71 $42.88 $89,200
Springfield, IL 150 1.42 3.63 $38.19 $79,430
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 300 1.40 3.60 $41.68 $86,690
Jefferson City, MO 100 1.40 3.59 $24.87 $51,720
Olympia, WA 110 1.21 3.09 $43.32 $90,100




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)
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 140 0.51 1.30 $58.73 $122,150
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,150 0.44 1.12 $58.19 $121,040
Anchorage, AK 280 1.62 4.15 $55.59 $115,630
Knoxville, TN 370 1.14 2.92 $53.41 $111,100
New Haven, CT 40 0.14 0.35 $52.61 $109,430
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 120 0.22 0.57 $52.39 $108,970
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 0.51 1.31 $49.79 $103,560
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 740 0.74 1.88 $49.37 $102,700
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.79 2.02 $49.29 $102,520
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 230 2.35 6.03 $48.75 $101,390

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.85 2.18 $35.74 $74,340
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.71 1.82 $35.35 $73,530
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 1.86 $39.40 $81,950
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 1.54 3.94 $22.18 $46,140
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.78 1.99 $46.17 $96,030

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)
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 80 1.54 3.94 $22.18 $46,140
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.49 3.83 $43.57 $90,620
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.23 3.14 $47.48 $98,760
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.04 2.66 $47.28 $98,340
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.97 2.50 $45.94 $95,550

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)
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $51.57 $107,270
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.76 1.94 $47.62 $99,050
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 1.23 3.14 $47.48 $98,760
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.04 2.66 $47.28 $98,340
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.61 1.57 $46.56 $96,840


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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