Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

19-4091 Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.


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)
30,890 2.3 % $21.43 $44,570 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.66 $15.67 $19.83 $26.01 $32.99
Annual Wage (2) $26,330 $32,590 $41,240 $54,100 $68,620


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)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,370 0.67 $20.55 $42,750
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,420 0.49 $20.01 $41,610
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,210 0.11 $22.57 $46,940
State Government (OES Designation) 2,500 0.11 $21.81 $45,370
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,070 0.17 $22.88 $47,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 7,370 0.67 $20.55 $42,750
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 770 0.61 $25.31 $52,640
Waste Treatment and Disposal 490 0.51 $23.57 $49,020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,420 0.49 $20.01 $41,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 580 0.25 $15.55 $32,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 40 0.02 $34.09 $70,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 360 0.09 $32.95 $68,540
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $28.97 $60,260
Support Activities for Mining (8) (8) $26.46 $55,050
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.03 $26.27 $54,640


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 3,060 0.21 0.90 $24.54 $51,040
Texas 2,510 0.24 1.00 $19.19 $39,920
Florida 1,900 0.26 1.10 $17.63 $36,670
New York 1,810 0.21 0.89 $21.54 $44,800
Pennsylvania 1,330 0.24 1.00 $20.24 $42,110




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 230 0.73 3.10 $20.32 $42,270
West Virginia 420 0.59 2.48 $17.06 $35,490
Wyoming 160 0.56 2.36 $20.79 $43,250
District of Columbia 320 0.49 2.06 $16.81 $34,960
Delaware 180 0.44 1.87 $16.37 $34,040




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 870 0.15 0.65 $29.05 $60,420
Nevada 370 0.33 1.38 $27.65 $57,510
Maryland 600 0.24 1.00 $26.70 $55,530
Washington 1,160 0.42 1.78 $26.06 $54,210
Rhode Island 40 0.08 0.35 $25.65 $53,360





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 750 0.44 1.84 $17.27 $35,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 710 0.30 1.28 $20.79 $43,250
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 580 0.11 0.48 $23.46 $48,790
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 560 0.21 0.90 $19.16 $39,850
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.62 $27.65 $57,520
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 520 0.37 1.56 $26.98 $56,110
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 520 0.64 2.71 $20.15 $41,910
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 470 0.27 1.15 $20.01 $41,630
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 460 0.36 1.54 $21.97 $45,710
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.47 1.97 $27.22 $56,620




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)
Springfield, IL 150 1.43 6.01 (8) (8)
Syracuse, NY 320 1.08 4.54 $14.69 $30,550
Napa, CA 60 0.93 3.93 $21.77 $45,280
Mobile, AL 130 0.77 3.24 $16.99 $35,350
Grand Forks, ND-MN 40 0.76 3.21 $18.96 $39,430
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 40 0.73 3.06 $18.49 $38,460
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.73 3.06 $18.60 $38,680
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 140 0.73 3.09 $21.49 $44,710
Bismarck, ND 40 0.69 2.90 $19.73 $41,030
Dover, DE 40 0.67 2.81 $17.55 $36,500




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)
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 60 0.11 0.47 $32.59 $67,780
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA (8) (8) (8) $31.43 $65,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 60 0.19 0.80 $30.72 $63,900
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA (8) (8) (8) $28.50 $59,270
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.37 1.57 $27.89 $58,010
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 540 0.15 0.62 $27.65 $57,520
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 450 0.47 1.97 $27.22 $56,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 520 0.37 1.56 $26.98 $56,110
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 340 0.41 1.74 $26.79 $55,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.16 0.69 $26.58 $55,290

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)
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.11 4.67 $16.56 $34,450
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.83 3.50 $18.36 $38,190
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.09 8.82 $32.48 $67,550
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 0.90 3.79 $21.26 $44,220
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 2.06 $18.08 $37,600

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.09 8.82 $32.48 $67,550
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 1.18 4.99 $18.33 $38,120
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 1.11 4.67 $16.56 $34,450
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.10 4.63 $18.98 $39,480
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.02 4.32 $13.22 $27,500

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 120 2.09 8.82 $32.48 $67,550
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.61 $53,270
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 1.40 $23.70 $49,290
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 1.03 $23.55 $48,980
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.99 $21.77 $45,280


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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