Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
18,020 3.0 % $23.64 $49,180 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.13 $17.27 $22.19 $28.66 $35.71
Annual Wage (2) $29,380 $35,920 $46,160 $59,600 $74,280


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 5,180 0.39 $22.50 $46,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,810 0.33 $22.25 $46,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,250 0.04 $26.27 $54,640
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,090 0.86 $21.29 $44,290
State Government (OES Designation) 890 0.04 $22.53 $46,860

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 1,090 0.86 $21.29 $44,290
Waste Treatment and Disposal 670 0.69 $25.20 $52,420
Metal Ore Mining 200 0.45 $27.38 $56,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,180 0.39 $22.50 $46,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,810 0.33 $22.25 $46,280

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 70 0.06 $34.67 $72,120
Oil and Gas Extraction 290 0.15 $33.32 $69,300
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 70 0.05 $32.29 $67,170
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 180 0.05 $31.58 $65,680
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel 30 0.06 $30.51 $63,470


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 1,830 0.12 0.91 $26.80 $55,740
Pennsylvania 1,310 0.23 1.72 $23.00 $47,830
Texas 1,120 0.10 0.75 $25.18 $52,370
New York 1,110 0.13 0.94 $23.66 $49,220
Tennessee 730 0.27 2.00 $22.58 $46,970




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 180 0.57 4.21 $25.90 $53,860
New Mexico 380 0.49 3.59 $22.07 $45,920
Wyoming 110 0.41 3.01 $27.96 $58,160
Montana 160 0.36 2.68 $20.45 $42,530
West Virginia 240 0.34 2.50 $20.63 $42,920




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 260 0.23 1.67 $30.20 $62,810
Oregon 210 0.13 0.94 $29.21 $60,750
South Carolina 410 0.22 1.63 $28.59 $59,470
Washington 460 0.16 1.20 $28.50 $59,270
Wyoming 110 0.41 3.01 $27.96 $58,160





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 550 0.11 0.77 $23.71 $49,310
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 550 0.20 1.46 $24.05 $50,030
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 470 0.26 1.88 $21.98 $45,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 430 0.19 1.37 $21.76 $45,250
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.72 $26.21 $54,530
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC 320 0.37 2.69 $22.50 $46,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.22 1.62 $28.85 $60,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.08 0.59 $24.50 $50,960
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 310 0.40 2.92 $22.56 $46,930
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 310 0.18 1.29 $23.76 $49,430




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)
Casper, WY 60 1.34 9.86 $27.45 $57,100
Decatur, AL 50 0.91 6.70 $20.06 $41,730
Huntsville, AL 180 0.87 6.43 $23.95 $49,820
Reading, PA 130 0.81 5.93 (8) (8)
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 110 0.81 5.94 $18.25 $37,960
Johnson City, TN 50 0.62 4.55 $21.46 $44,640
Rockford, IL 90 0.61 4.48 (8) (8)
Albuquerque, NM 190 0.51 3.78 $19.55 $40,650
Knoxville, TN 160 0.50 3.68 $22.95 $47,730
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.45 3.29 $21.49 $44,690




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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 0.69 $33.48 $69,640
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 40 0.04 0.30 $31.55 $65,620
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 0.90 $31.06 $64,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.21 1.57 $30.20 $62,810
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 40 0.44 3.20 $29.27 $60,870
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 190 0.23 1.69 $29.04 $60,390
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $28.96 $60,240
Madison, WI 40 0.10 0.76 $28.94 $60,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.22 1.62 $28.85 $60,000
Salem, OR (8) (8) (8) $28.79 $59,880

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)
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 5.11 $21.78 $45,300
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 5.42 $21.00 $43,670
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 5.41 39.78 (8) (8)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.06 7.79 (8) (8)
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.60 4.43 $17.33 $36,050

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 80 5.41 39.78 (8) (8)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 1.06 7.79 (8) (8)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 60 1.00 7.33 $34.88 $72,550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.74 5.42 $21.00 $43,670
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 5.11 $21.78 $45,300

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 60 1.00 7.33 $34.88 $72,550
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 0.89 $33.60 $69,880
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.85 $24.78 $51,540
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 2.73 $24.15 $50,240
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 5.11 $21.78 $45,300


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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