Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
33,760 2.5 % $22.07 $45,910 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.82 $15.94 $20.29 $26.75 $34.25
Annual Wage (2) $26,660 $33,150 $42,190 $55,630 $71,240


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 9,200 0.76 $20.95 $43,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,630 0.49 $20.73 $43,130
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,030 0.11 $23.18 $48,210
State Government (OES Designation) 2,760 0.13 $20.84 $43,350
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,250 0.02 $17.14 $35,640

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 720 0.77 $29.06 $60,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 9,200 0.76 $20.95 $43,570
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 6,630 0.49 $20.73 $43,130
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 560 0.42 $26.48 $55,080
Social Advocacy Organizations 440 0.22 $25.13 $52,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 500 0.13 $36.69 $76,310
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $33.91 $70,540
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $31.38 $65,270
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.10 $31.24 $64,980
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 90 0.06 $30.81 $64,080


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 3,760 0.25 0.99 $24.58 $51,120
Texas 3,270 0.29 1.16 $21.96 $45,680
New York 2,570 0.29 1.17 $23.20 $48,260
Florida 1,730 0.23 0.90 $18.35 $38,170
Pennsylvania 1,700 0.30 1.20 $20.21 $42,040




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)
Delaware 270 0.64 2.55 $17.17 $35,710
Wyoming 170 0.61 2.43 $20.68 $43,020
Hawaii 260 0.42 1.70 $20.69 $43,040
West Virginia 280 0.40 1.59 $19.62 $40,810
Oklahoma 630 0.40 1.59 $20.07 $41,750




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 400 0.34 1.34 $29.47 $61,300
South Carolina 730 0.39 1.57 $28.61 $59,510
Maryland 500 0.19 0.78 $26.15 $54,390
Connecticut 270 0.16 0.65 $25.45 $52,930
Minnesota 430 0.16 0.63 $24.99 $51,980





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 1,260 0.23 0.94 $25.06 $52,130
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,050 0.37 1.48 $25.58 $53,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 900 0.24 0.96 $19.42 $40,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.17 0.66 $24.79 $51,570
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.51 2.05 $26.15 $54,400
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 510 0.58 2.32 $19.42 $40,400
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 500 0.37 1.50 $21.73 $45,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 490 0.21 0.83 $25.42 $52,880
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 490 0.42 1.70 $19.81 $41,200
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 470 0.36 1.43 $22.60 $47,020




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)
Logan, UT-ID 60 1.17 4.68 $16.77 $34,880
Longview, TX 90 0.94 3.75 $26.47 $55,070
Casper, WY 40 0.90 3.61 $20.93 $43,540
Pueblo, CO 50 0.87 3.47 $21.73 $45,200
Portsmouth, NH-ME 40 0.78 3.13 $15.77 $32,800
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.74 2.95 $11.53 $23,990
Missoula, MT 40 0.69 2.77 $15.84 $32,950
Manchester, NH 70 0.67 2.67 $22.80 $47,420
Redding, CA 40 0.65 2.62 $22.77 $47,360
Wilmington, NC 90 0.64 2.58 $19.39 $40,320




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)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 130 0.15 0.60 $33.29 $69,240
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC (8) (8) (8) $31.21 $64,930
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 60 0.32 1.26 $30.41 $63,250
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 120 0.64 2.57 $29.28 $60,900
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 50 0.41 1.66 $29.20 $60,740
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 40 0.42 1.67 $29.08 $60,500
Evansville, IN-KY 50 0.31 1.26 $28.79 $59,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 430 0.29 1.17 $27.67 $57,540
Springfield, MA-CT 50 0.18 0.73 $27.60 $57,410
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 0.81 $27.44 $57,080

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 160 1.01 4.06 $20.62 $42,880
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 130 0.91 3.63 $14.67 $30,520
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.74 2.97 $19.50 $40,560
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.17 8.68 $33.96 $70,630
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.30 1.21 (8) (8)

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 2.17 8.68 $33.96 $70,630
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 5.14 $19.62 $40,810
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.10 4.39 $13.29 $27,630
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.07 4.28 $17.89 $37,210
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.01 4.06 $20.62 $42,880

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 2.17 8.68 $33.96 $70,630
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.67 2.68 $26.44 $54,990
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.85 $24.87 $51,730
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 80 0.57 2.27 $20.70 $43,060
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 160 1.01 4.06 $20.62 $42,880


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