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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of environmental engineers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
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|
|District of Columbia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |