Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
18,080 3.0 % $24.53 $51,030 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.54 $17.77 $23.16 $29.70 $37.03
Annual Wage (2) $30,250 $36,950 $48,170 $61,790 $77,030


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 5,510 0.40 $24.22 $50,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,130 0.34 $22.98 $47,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,060 0.04 $27.51 $57,210
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 1,040 0.78 $22.17 $46,120
State Government (OES Designation) 900 0.04 $23.21 $48,290

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 1,040 0.78 $22.17 $46,120
Waste Treatment and Disposal 700 0.75 $25.71 $53,480
Metal Ore Mining 190 0.42 $27.96 $58,150
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,510 0.40 $24.22 $50,380
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,130 0.34 $22.98 $47,810

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 60 0.05 $34.59 $71,950
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 50 0.04 $34.15 $71,040
Employment Services 200 0.01 $32.92 $68,470
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 50 0.06 $32.42 $67,440
Oil and Gas Extraction 260 0.13 $32.42 $67,440


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 2,210 0.15 1.09 $29.27 $60,890
New York 1,280 0.15 1.09 $23.38 $48,630
Pennsylvania 1,230 0.22 1.62 $23.18 $48,220
Texas 1,060 0.09 0.70 $27.83 $57,880
Tennessee 910 0.33 2.47 $22.80 $47,430




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 130 0.39 2.90 $28.38 $59,040
New Mexico 290 0.37 2.80 $23.66 $49,220
West Virginia 250 0.35 2.59 $19.80 $41,180
Tennessee 910 0.33 2.47 $22.80 $47,430
Nebraska 280 0.30 2.24 $19.57 $40,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 230 0.20 1.47 $30.12 $62,650
Washington 290 0.10 0.76 $29.89 $62,170
Maryland 270 0.11 0.80 $29.86 $62,110
California 2,210 0.15 1.09 $29.27 $60,890
Oregon 190 0.11 0.85 $28.54 $59,370





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 650 0.12 0.89 $24.49 $50,940
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.25 1.89 $22.82 $47,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 440 0.24 1.77 $23.70 $49,290
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 390 0.29 2.20 $27.97 $58,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.65 $30.02 $62,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.68 $26.90 $55,950
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 310 0.38 2.87 $22.03 $45,820
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.14 1.03 $26.37 $54,850
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 310 0.13 0.96 $22.71 $47,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.11 0.81 $31.83 $66,200




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)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.19 8.90 $28.57 $59,420
Johnson City, TN 80 1.06 7.95 $20.91 $43,500
Decatur, AL 40 0.68 5.10 $19.59 $40,750
Knoxville, TN 220 0.67 4.99 $27.25 $56,680
Reading, PA 110 0.63 4.74 (8) (8)
Stockton, CA 120 0.57 4.23 $20.64 $42,930
State College, PA 40 0.57 4.24 $16.25 $33,790
Billings, MT 40 0.54 4.06 $23.94 $49,790
Huntsville, AL 110 0.52 3.92 $25.83 $53,720
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 80 0.51 3.82 $21.67 $45,080




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 150 0.16 1.16 $35.65 $74,160
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 30 0.32 2.36 $33.95 $70,610
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.06 0.48 $32.20 $66,980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 250 0.25 1.84 $32.05 $66,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 310 0.11 0.81 $31.83 $66,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 270 0.18 1.34 $30.85 $64,160
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 180 0.14 1.03 $30.72 $63,900
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.14 1.02 $30.02 $62,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.09 0.65 $30.02 $62,430
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 160 0.11 0.81 $29.51 $61,370

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 5.22 $21.36 $44,420
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 8.80 $16.57 $34,460
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.71 5.28 $20.53 $42,710
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 2.05 $22.26 $46,300
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.92 6.90 $33.36 $69,380

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)
Western Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 8.80 $16.57 $34,460
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 0.92 6.90 $33.36 $69,380
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.71 5.28 $20.53 $42,710
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 5.22 $21.36 $44,420
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.49 3.66 $20.67 $42,990

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 6.90 $33.36 $69,380
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 0.98 $30.91 $64,280
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 3.64 $29.15 $60,640
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 1.62 $27.96 $58,160
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 2.34 $27.26 $56,690


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.

(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 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