Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
53,240 2.0 % $41.51 $86,340 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.09 $30.67 $40.08 $50.32 $60.28
Annual Wage (2) $50,120 $63,800 $83,360 $104,670 $125,380


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 15,960 1.17 $42.35 $88,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,940 0.90 $41.00 $85,280
State Government (OES Designation) 7,990 0.37 $35.96 $74,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,580 0.07 $37.99 $79,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,210 0.16 $47.54 $98,880

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 15,960 1.17 $42.35 $88,080
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,510 1.13 $39.97 $83,130
Waste Treatment and Disposal 930 1.00 $44.56 $92,680
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 10,940 0.90 $41.00 $85,280
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 530 0.48 $47.78 $99,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 500 0.26 $56.95 $118,460
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 50 0.01 $55.22 $114,850
Support Activities for Mining 120 0.03 $51.01 $106,100
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 110 0.12 $50.74 $105,550
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 110 0.06 $49.33 $102,620


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 7,200 0.48 1.21 $47.79 $99,410
Massachusetts 3,250 0.98 2.48 $40.23 $83,680
Pennsylvania 3,240 0.57 1.45 $39.12 $81,370
New York 3,180 0.36 0.92 $42.14 $87,650
Florida 3,050 0.40 1.01 $33.51 $69,690




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 370 1.14 2.91 $49.55 $103,060
Massachusetts 3,250 0.98 2.48 $40.23 $83,680
Wyoming 250 0.88 2.23 $40.29 $83,800
Colorado 2,040 0.86 2.19 $41.65 $86,620
New Mexico 620 0.79 2.00 $51.77 $107,680




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 620 0.79 2.00 $51.77 $107,680
Alaska 370 1.14 2.91 $49.55 $103,060
California 7,200 0.48 1.21 $47.79 $99,410
Virginia 2,030 0.56 1.41 $47.33 $98,440
District of Columbia 300 0.45 1.14 $46.94 $97,630





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 2,130 1.19 3.01 $41.27 $85,840
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.66 1.67 $51.58 $107,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.38 0.96 $50.91 $105,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.26 0.66 $45.10 $93,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,270 0.53 1.34 $36.64 $76,220
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 1.22 3.09 $48.51 $100,900
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.61 1.55 $40.38 $83,990
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,110 1.30 3.29 $46.66 $97,050
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,060 0.37 0.94 $43.75 $91,000
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 860 0.58 1.47 $44.90 $93,400




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)
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 40 2.22 5.63 $29.65 $61,680
Jefferson City, MO 140 1.94 4.92 $27.17 $56,520
Fairbanks, AK 70 1.89 4.79 $44.65 $92,870
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 70 1.67 4.24 $35.48 $73,800
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 160 1.64 4.17 $53.52 $111,310
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 160 1.32 3.34 $44.01 $91,550
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 1,110 1.30 3.29 $46.66 $97,050
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 260 1.28 3.24 $40.59 $84,420
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 280 1.25 3.17 $44.01 $91,530
Columbia, SC 450 1.25 3.17 $32.49 $67,570




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)
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 150 0.27 0.69 $53.70 $111,700
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 160 1.64 4.17 $53.52 $111,310
Anchorage, AK 220 1.23 3.12 $53.37 $111,010
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 500 0.33 0.85 $52.87 $109,970
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 140 0.47 1.19 $52.53 $109,260
Midland, TX 40 0.41 1.04 $52.13 $108,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.66 1.67 $51.58 $107,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,530 0.38 0.96 $50.91 $105,890
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.53 1.33 $50.17 $104,350
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 100 0.54 1.36 $49.75 $103,480

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.39 46.68 $66.11 $137,520
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 0.70 1.77 $31.00 $64,470
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 1.32 $31.23 $64,960
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.66 1.68 $35.10 $73,020
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.51 1.30 $32.54 $67,690

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.39 46.68 $66.11 $137,520
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.73 4.40 $34.80 $72,390
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.47 3.72 $51.54 $107,210
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 40 1.46 3.69 $29.75 $61,880
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.23 3.13 $46.80 $97,350

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 270 18.39 46.68 $66.11 $137,520
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.47 3.72 $51.54 $107,210
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.23 3.13 $46.80 $97,350
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.80 2.04 $45.56 $94,750
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.74 1.89 $45.47 $94,570


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015