Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
18,590 3.1 % $23.74 $49,380 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.79 $16.93 $21.80 $28.79 $36.81
Annual Wage (2) $28,680 $35,220 $45,350 $59,890 $76,560


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 5,710 0.44 $22.06 $45,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,720 0.34 $20.30 $42,220
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,980 0.04 $26.38 $54,870
State Government (OES Designation) 1,330 0.06 $29.99 $62,390
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,190 0.94 $21.58 $44,890

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 0.94 $21.58 $44,890
Waste Treatment and Disposal 470 0.49 $25.10 $52,200
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,710 0.44 $22.06 $45,890
Metal Ore Mining 170 0.40 $26.74 $55,620
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,720 0.34 $20.30 $42,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 150 0.14 $34.92 $72,630
Oil and Gas Extraction 470 0.26 $34.84 $72,470
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 30 0.05 $32.35 $67,290
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 40 0.03 $31.81 $66,150
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 210 0.05 $30.79 $64,050


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 2,730 0.19 1.34 $29.76 $61,900
Texas 1,500 0.14 0.99 $26.35 $54,810
Pennsylvania 1,140 0.20 1.43 $19.88 $41,360
New York 1,090 0.13 0.90 $22.84 $47,510
Alabama 720 0.40 2.78 $19.82 $41,220




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 300 0.94 6.61 $26.81 $55,760
New Mexico 370 0.48 3.37 $22.05 $45,860
Alabama 720 0.40 2.78 $19.82 $41,220
Wyoming 100 0.37 2.56 $27.93 $58,100
West Virginia 250 0.35 2.48 $19.77 $41,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 200 0.18 1.24 $33.10 $68,850
California 2,730 0.19 1.34 $29.76 $61,900
Washington 490 0.18 1.25 $28.88 $60,080
Oregon 190 0.12 0.81 $28.77 $59,850
South Carolina 260 0.14 1.01 $28.30 $58,860





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 730 0.28 1.95 $25.64 $53,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.18 1.29 $29.67 $61,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 600 0.26 1.84 $19.35 $40,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.25 1.76 $20.96 $43,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 450 0.12 0.86 $20.12 $41,840
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.09 0.60 $23.84 $49,580
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 410 0.50 3.53 $41.20 $85,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 340 0.24 1.68 $29.16 $60,640
Pittsburgh, PA 320 0.29 2.00 $20.04 $41,690
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.22 1.56 $29.39 $61,140




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 310 1.53 10.71 $20.21 $42,040
Decatur, AL 70 1.35 9.45 $20.67 $42,990
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 0.84 5.87 $30.47 $63,380
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 110 0.82 5.73 $18.22 $37,890
Mobile, AL 90 0.53 3.70 $18.15 $37,750
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.51 3.58 $19.70 $40,970
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 410 0.50 3.53 $41.20 $85,690
Knoxville, TN 160 0.48 3.36 $21.57 $44,870
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 90 0.45 3.18 $15.35 $31,940
Ann Arbor, MI 90 0.44 3.09 $23.27 $48,410




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 410 0.50 3.53 $41.20 $85,690
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 50 0.17 1.21 $35.84 $74,540
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.09 0.62 $33.81 $70,320
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 1.45 $33.34 $69,350
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 130 0.16 1.14 $32.93 $68,490
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.40 $31.53 $65,580
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX (8) (8) (8) $31.06 $64,600
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 70 0.37 2.60 $31.04 $64,550
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.11 0.77 $30.67 $63,790
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 0.84 5.87 $30.47 $63,380

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 150 2.06 14.43 $26.07 $54,220
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 5.10 $16.88 $35,110
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.65 4.59 $18.84 $39,180
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 3.74 $22.82 $47,460
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.69 4.84 $20.45 $42,540

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 150 2.06 14.43 $26.07 $54,220
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.92 6.46 $35.35 $73,520
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.73 5.10 $16.88 $35,110
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.69 4.84 $20.45 $42,540
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.65 4.59 $18.84 $39,180

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 50 0.92 6.46 $35.35 $73,520
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 3.99 $30.95 $64,370
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 150 2.06 14.43 $26.07 $54,220
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.53 3.74 $22.82 $47,460
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 2.44 $21.46 $44,640


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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