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Environmental Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of environmental engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of environmental engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The environmental engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Environmental Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$52,160
25th Percentile Wage
$65,710
50th Percentile Wage
$86,800
75th Percentile Wage
$110,680
90th Percentile Wage
$134,060

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for environmental engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) environmental engineers is $134,060. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $86,800. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $52,160. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 157% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of environmental engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$86,800
2.20% 6.81%
2016
$84,890
0.39% -
2015
$84,560
1.42% -
2014
$83,360
1.37% -
2013
$82,220
1.62% -
2012
$80,890
- -

Table 2. Environmental Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of environmental engineers in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for environmental engineers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $96,490. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $66,160).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$96,490
Transportation and Warehousing
$94,550
Manufacturing
$94,100
Wholesale Trade
$94,000
Construction
$91,190
Mining
$90,020
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$90,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$87,640
Utilities
$87,140
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$84,230
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$80,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$79,360
Health Care and Social Assistance
$70,810
Educational Services
$66,160

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Environmental Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only environmental engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of environmental engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $56,660 to $108,350. The highest paying state for environmental engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $108,350. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $56,660. For more salary information of environmental engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$108,350
California
$102,110
Washington
$97,530
District of Columbia
$97,340
Louisiana
$96,150
Texas
$95,870
Kansas
$94,150
Maryland
$93,970
Colorado
$93,880
Ohio
$92,490
South Dakota
$92,270
Idaho
$91,460
Arkansas
$90,650
Oregon
$89,570
New Jersey
$89,290
Hawaii
$88,390
Michigan
$88,120
Nevada
$86,290
Nebraska
$86,220
Connecticut
$85,990
New York
$85,850
Illinois
$85,400
New Hampshire
$85,240
Virginia
$84,290
Wyoming
$84,090
Rhode Island
$84,000
New Mexico
$83,110
Tennessee
$83,100
Pennsylvania
$82,780
Florida
$82,510
Delaware
$82,400
Massachusetts
$82,090
Minnesota
$81,970
Montana
$81,470
Vermont
$81,400
Alabama
$78,910
Iowa
$76,990
Utah
$76,490
North Dakota
$75,650
Wisconsin
$75,470
Kentucky
$74,270
Indiana
$73,700
North Carolina
$71,390
West Virginia
$71,330
South Carolina
$69,520
Missouri
$69,000
Arizona
$68,850
Mississippi
$66,290
Maine
$65,130
Georgia
$63,240
Oklahoma
$63,160
Puerto Rico
$56,660



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