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Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists

The top 100 highest paying industries for environmental scientists and geoscientists (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 $126,870, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for environmental scientists and geoscientists. It is followed by mining industry (average annual salary $121,640). 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 scientists and geoscientists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$126,870
8,940
2 Mining
$121,640
11,150
3 Support Activities for Mining
$120,050
1,580
4 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$115,920
2,340
5 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$110,850
220
6 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$106,850
40
7 Pipeline Transportation
$103,280
390
8 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$102,290
1,050
9 Transportation and Warehousing
$98,150
490
10 Natural Gas Distribution
$95,810
480
11 Federal government, including USPS
$93,650
9,440
12 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$93,650
9,430
13 Other Pipeline Transportation
$92,830
50
14 Manufacturing
$91,620
1,940
15 Utilities
$89,780
1,740
16 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$88,620
1,110
17 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$86,550
30
18 Metal Ore Mining
$86,120
540
19 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$84,770
620
20 Paper Manufacturing
$84,240
40
21 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$83,580
150
22 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$81,010
120
23 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$80,810
3,500
24 Scientific Research and Development Services
$80,520
3,750
25 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$80,030
60
26 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$79,860
n/a
27 Repair and Maintenance
$79,860
n/a
28 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$79,560
70
29 Outpatient Care Centers
$79,440
210
30 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$79,130
100
31 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$79,130
100
32 Temporary Help Services
$78,230
560
33 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$77,700
240
34 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$77,580
440
35 Administrative and Support Services
$76,620
880
36 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$75,220
250
37 Scheduled Air Transportation
$75,030
n/a
38 Air Transportation
$75,030
n/a
39 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$74,400
60
40 Wholesale Trade
$74,010
150
41 Employment Services
$73,920
700
42 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$72,910
900
43 Engineering Services
$72,690
16,810
44 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$71,820
130
45 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$71,570
2,550
46 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,880
54,360
47 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$70,670
21,950
48 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$69,980
27,870
49 Nonresidential Building Construction
$69,890
n/a
50 Construction of Buildings
$69,890
n/a
51 Chemical Manufacturing
$69,570
320
52 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,450
1,670
53 Construction
$68,660
260
54 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$68,150
680
55 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$68,140
120
56 Utility System Construction
$67,880
n/a
57 Social Assistance
$67,830
60
58 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$67,180
60
59 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$66,670
4,330
60 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$66,640
90
61 Educational Services - State government owned
$66,570
4,340
62 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$66,000
5,040
63 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$65,820
70
64 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$65,780
45,480
65 Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,780
45,480
66 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$65,730
50,030
67 Educational Services
$65,690
5,110
68 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$64,240
270
69 Educational Services - Privately owned
$63,120
720
70 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$63,070
710
71 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$62,040
30
72 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$62,000
12,710
73 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$61,700
12,880
74 State government, including schools and hospitals
$60,340
27,720
75 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,830
23,340
76 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$58,900
40
77 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$58,900
40
78 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$58,730
120
79 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,530
50
80 Educational Services - Local government owned
$57,090
50
81 Food Manufacturing
$56,580
30
82 Testing Laboratories
$55,760
3,340
83 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,460
1,690
84 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$55,190
1,660
85 Social Advocacy Organizations
$54,310
1,560
86 Waste Collection
$53,880
90
87 Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,040
1,730
88 Hospitals - State government owned
$48,420
30
89 Hospitals - Privately owned
$47,020
1,280
90 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$45,610
1,170
91 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$45,570
1,430
92 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$44,090
n/a
93 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$33,860
120
94 Hospitals - Local government owned
$33,860
120
95 Finance and Insurance
$29,690
n/a