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Highest Paying States for Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists

The highest paying states 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 of environmental scientists and health specialists in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $119,490, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for environmental scientists and health specialists. It is followed by Illinois (average annual salary $83,660). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of environmental scientists and health specialists in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$119,490
$60,130 1,400
2 Illinois
$83,660
$40,960 2,590
3 Colorado
$82,330
$50,310 3,140
4 Rhode Island
$81,860
$56,070 290
5 California
$81,680
$49,310 12,820
6 New Jersey
$80,450
$45,180 2,790
7 Alaska
$78,510
$54,780 620
8 Massachusetts
$75,300
$45,680 1,720
9 Oregon
$75,190
$50,440 940
10 Maryland
$74,600
$44,550 2,230
11 Texas
$74,240
$42,700 4,260
12 New York
$73,410
$44,010 4,170
13 Connecticut
$73,350
$45,440 760
14 Washington
$72,500
$48,840 3,130
15 New Mexico
$71,930
$50,100 1,150
16 Virginia
$71,040
$45,720 2,810
17 Kansas
$70,510
$49,290 560
18 Minnesota
$68,930
$47,820 1,700
19 Iowa
$68,460
$39,500 590
20 Utah
$68,370
$44,510 770
21 New Hampshire
$68,040
$50,310 390
22 Ohio
$67,090
$44,850 2,770
23 Hawaii
$66,620
$40,840 680
24 Pennsylvania
$64,820
$42,780 2,190
25 Tennessee
$63,130
$43,910 1,400
26 Arizona
$63,080
$43,150 1,300
27 Georgia
$62,630
$41,610 1,190
28 Michigan
$62,460
$40,750 2,550
29 Montana
$62,320
$45,260 420
30 North Dakota
$62,290
$45,040 320
31 Nevada
$61,940
$35,570 660
32 Vermont
$61,180
$43,700 450
33 Oklahoma
$61,100
$37,990 360
34 Wyoming
$61,090
$44,020 430
35 Indiana
$58,430
$36,450 880
36 South Carolina
$57,900
$31,890 330
37 Arkansas
$57,690
$41,070 320
38 Louisiana
$57,660
$36,850 1,110
39 North Carolina
$57,450
$41,080 3,730
40 Guam
$57,060
$42,390 30
41 Alabama
$56,700
$36,750 890
42 Wisconsin
$56,630
$35,260 900
43 Idaho
$55,880
$38,230 520
44 Nebraska
$55,250
$40,660 400
45 South Dakota
$54,790
$38,000 210
46 Delaware
$54,740
$37,390 420
47 West Virginia
$54,470
$35,620 380
48 Maine
$54,400
$41,370 450
49 Florida
$49,220
$33,730 5,240
50 Kentucky
$47,890
$35,820 1,180
51 Missouri
$47,570
$36,710 960
52 Virgin Islands
$45,750
$29,270 40
53 Mississippi
$45,730
$31,110 470
54 Puerto Rico
$38,540
$21,700 430
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