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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 $112,520, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for environmental scientists and health specialists. It is followed by Rhode Island (average annual salary $84,630). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$112,520
$56,010 1,390
2 Rhode Island
$84,630
$51,680 260
3 Colorado
$81,680
$49,410 3,140
4 Illinois
$81,070
$43,950 2,740
5 New Jersey
$79,350
$43,560 2,900
6 California
$79,080
$49,050 14,790
7 Texas
$77,900
$43,790 5,050
8 Alaska
$76,680
$52,230 640
9 Massachusetts
$74,370
$44,230 1,770
10 Oregon
$73,140
$51,420 900
11 New York
$72,730
$40,330 3,700
12 Maryland
$71,740
$42,770 2,010
13 Virginia
$71,150
$46,370 2,840
14 Kansas
$71,100
$48,450 640
15 New Mexico
$71,100
$50,450 1,110
16 Connecticut
$70,190
$43,020 810
17 Washington
$68,910
$46,350 3,340
18 Iowa
$67,030
$39,860 640
19 Nevada
$66,640
$38,880 770
20 Utah
$66,450
$45,200 620
21 Michigan
$66,200
$41,450 2,140
22 Minnesota
$66,160
$46,930 1,660
23 Pennsylvania
$66,020
$40,730 2,260
24 Ohio
$64,900
$44,910 3,140
25 New Hampshire
$64,540
$47,040 400
26 Hawaii
$63,540
$40,530 640
27 South Carolina
$61,930
$33,220 370
28 Wyoming
$61,830
$44,230 450
29 Georgia
$61,210
$36,710 1,160
30 Arizona
$60,800
$42,090 1,320
31 Tennessee
$60,400
$39,960 1,210
32 Montana
$59,850
$43,960 390
33 North Dakota
$59,350
$43,340 280
34 Vermont
$59,230
$42,170 430
35 Wisconsin
$58,510
$41,500 950
36 North Carolina
$57,780
$41,240 3,370
37 Guam
$57,060
$42,390 30
38 Oklahoma
$56,320
$37,630 430
39 Arkansas
$56,110
$35,650 480
40 Idaho
$56,060
$41,160 440
41 Louisiana
$56,000
$35,290 1,280
42 West Virginia
$55,930
$34,480 500
43 South Dakota
$55,640
$37,830 240
44 Alabama
$54,840
$36,230 880
45 Indiana
$54,170
$34,820 820
46 Delaware
$53,240
$38,950 410
47 Nebraska
$52,930
$37,850 430
48 Maine
$52,740
$41,440 410
49 Florida
$49,390
$33,180 5,320
50 Missouri
$47,240
$35,650 940
51 Kentucky
$46,800
$34,530 960
52 Virgin Islands
$44,940
$27,300 50
53 Mississippi
$43,160
$31,510 450
54 Puerto Rico
$32,650
$21,210 460
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