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Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for environmental engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $108,360, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for environmental engineers. It is followed by resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing industry (average annual salary $106,370). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of environmental engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$108,360
500
2 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$106,370
110
3 Support Activities for Mining
$104,200
120
4 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$100,870
n/a
5 Federal government, including USPS
$100,520
3,210
6 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$100,520
3,210
7 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$99,830
270
8 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$98,800
110
9 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$98,350
200
10 Building Equipment Contractors
$96,910
n/a
11 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$96,860
50
12 Mining
$96,460
980
13 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$96,440
530
14 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$95,940
1,250
15 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$95,810
570
16 Scientific Research and Development Services
$95,710
1,260
17 Chemical Manufacturing
$95,520
480
18 Pipeline Transportation
$95,480
80
19 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$94,720
90
20 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$93,610
150
21 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$93,460
1,310
22 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$93,370
40
23 Wholesale Trade
$93,080
270
24 Temporary Help Services
$92,350
180
25 Beverage Manufacturing
$92,220
30
26 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$91,720
40
27 Machinery Manufacturing
$91,470
170
28 Rail Transportation
$91,380
50
29 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$91,300
90
30 Transportation and Warehousing
$90,720
170
31 Employment Services
$90,350
260
32 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$90,150
930
33 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$89,610
30
34 Natural Gas Distribution
$89,600
140
35 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$89,460
50
36 Manufacturing
$89,370
2,990
37 Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$88,970
70
38 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$88,490
120
39 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$87,920
30
40 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$87,870
230
41 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$86,820
n/a
42 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$86,800
160
43 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$86,530
70
44 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$86,430
90
45 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$86,240
40
46 Utilities
$85,300
790
47 Administrative and Support Services
$84,950
390
48 Plastics Product Manufacturing
$84,750
60
49 Engineering Services
$84,690
15,080
50 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$84,110
30
51 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$84,090
15,960
52 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$83,830
70
53 Paper Manufacturing
$83,470
210
54 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$83,440
360
55 Waste Collection
$83,420
70
56 Metal Ore Mining
$83,400
210
57 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$83,380
180
58 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$83,350
500
59 Social Advocacy Organizations
$83,250
60
60 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$82,660
60
61 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$82,650
2,910
62 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,640
28,470
63 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$82,420
120
64 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$82,350
2,510
65 Coal Mining
$82,130
120
66 Food Manufacturing
$81,780
60
67 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$81,720
14,770
68 Federal, State, and Local Government
$81,720
14,770
69 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$81,710
14,910
70 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$81,650
60
71 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$80,650
90
72 Household Appliance Manufacturing
$80,290
50
73 Office Administrative Services
$79,950
30
74 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$79,460
30
75 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$78,620
3,580
76 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$78,590
3,610
77 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$78,590
10,940
78 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$78,340
1,510
79 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$78,210
40
80 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$77,540
100
81 Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers
$76,950
30
82 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$76,380
260
83 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$76,190
90
84 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$76,030
80
85 Specialty Trade Contractors
$74,850
100
86 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$74,670
7,990
87 State government, including schools and hospitals
$74,610
8,100
88 Foundries
$74,330
40
89 Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$73,820
60
90 Testing Laboratories
$73,100
730
91 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$73,080
100
92 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$72,320
150
93 Educational Services
$70,780
180
94 Educational Services - Privately owned
$70,630
60
95 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$70,200
110
96 Educational Services - State government owned
$70,200
110
97 Construction
$69,220
170
98 Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,460
40
99 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,200
40
100 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$66,440
30
See also: Highest paying cities for environmental engineers.