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Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists

The top 100 highest paying industries for environmental scientists and health specialists (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 $111,390, pipeline transportation of crude oil is the highest paying industry for environmental scientists and health specialists. It is followed by resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing industry (average annual salary $106,850). 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 health specialists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$111,390
210
2 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$106,850
40
3 Pipeline Transportation
$103,620
360
4 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$101,230
880
5 Transportation and Warehousing
$98,810
460
6 Federal government, including USPS
$97,000
5,380
7 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$97,000
5,370
8 Oil and Gas Extraction
$93,350
1,130
9 Other Pipeline Transportation
$92,830
50
10 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,150
890
11 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$91,020
990
12 Utilities
$90,270
1,390
13 Mining
$90,060
1,290
14 Natural Gas Distribution
$89,950
350
15 Manufacturing
$87,010
1,610
16 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$86,550
30
17 Paper Manufacturing
$84,240
40
18 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$81,650
2,870
19 Scientific Research and Development Services
$81,590
3,080
20 Commercial and Industrial Machinery Equipment (except Auto and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
$79,860
n/a
21 Repair and Maintenance
$79,860
n/a
22 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$79,720
210
23 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$79,520
100
24 Outpatient Care Centers
$79,440
210
25 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$79,130
100
26 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$79,130
100
27 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$77,700
240
28 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$77,510
70
29 Scheduled Air Transportation
$75,030
n/a
30 Air Transportation
$75,030
n/a
31 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$74,940
50
32 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$74,610
90
33 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$73,440
40
34 Temporary Help Services
$72,660
420
35 Administrative and Support Services
$72,580
710
36 Metal Ore Mining
$72,230
60
37 Wholesale Trade
$72,140
120
38 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$71,970
130
39 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$71,880
770
40 Machinery Manufacturing
$71,240
30
41 Nonresidential Building Construction
$70,200
n/a
42 Construction of Buildings
$70,200
n/a
43 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,470
2,210
44 Chemical Manufacturing
$69,380
320
45 Employment Services
$68,950
560
46 Construction
$68,340
n/a
47 Engineering Services
$68,240
9,490
48 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$68,230
1,510
49 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$68,060
21,170
50 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$67,880
37,150
51 Social Assistance
$67,830
60
52 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$67,540
650
53 Support Activities for Mining
$67,400
60
54 Primary Metal Manufacturing
$67,310
110
55 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$67,180
60
56 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$65,820
70
57 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$65,300
12,520
58 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$63,280
36,880
59 Federal, State, and Local Government
$63,280
36,880
60 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$63,180
39,550
61 Educational Services - Privately owned
$63,090
480
62 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$62,990
480
63 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$62,350
30
64 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$61,270
11,950
65 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$60,980
12,120
66 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$60,870
2,940
67 Educational Services
$60,710
3,000
68 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$60,430
2,460
69 Educational Services - State government owned
$60,390
2,460
70 State government, including schools and hospitals
$59,170
22,050
71 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$59,050
250
72 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,010
19,560
73 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$58,900
40
74 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$58,900
40
75 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$58,730
120
76 Educational Services - Local government owned
$56,820
50
77 Food Manufacturing
$56,580
30
78 Testing Laboratories
$55,420
2,870
79 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,140
1,670
80 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$54,860
1,640
81 Social Advocacy Organizations
$53,990
1,540
82 Waste Collection
$53,880
90
83 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$53,550
40
84 Health Care and Social Assistance
$49,040
1,730
85 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$48,560
60
86 Hospitals - State government owned
$48,420
30
87 Hospitals - Privately owned
$47,020
1,280
88 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$45,610
1,170
89 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$45,570
1,430
90 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$44,090
n/a
91 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$33,860
120
92 Hospitals - Local government owned
$33,860
120
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