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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Environmental Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$49,830
25th Percentile Wage
$63,860
50th Percentile Wage
$84,890
75th Percentile Wage
$107,920
90th Percentile Wage
$130,120

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 $130,120. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $49,830. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 161% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of environmental engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201684,8900.39%4.71%
201584,5601.42%-
201483,3601.37%-
201382,2201.62%-
201280,890--

Table 2. Environmental Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of environmental engineers in 13 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 mining sector with an annual salary $95,570. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $67,930).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$95,570
Manufacturing
$94,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$94,050
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,860
Wholesale Trade
$91,750
Construction
$90,960
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$89,740
Utilities
$85,480
Federal, State, and Local Government
$84,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$82,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,080
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$70,200
Educational Services
$67,930

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 $51,290 to $110,420. The highest paying state for environmental engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $110,420. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $51,290. For more salary information of environmental engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$110,420
California
$102,700
District of Columbia
$100,760
Washington
$95,350
Louisiana
$92,180
Colorado
$92,120
Virginia
$91,850
Arkansas
$91,480
New Jersey
$91,470
Ohio
$91,060
Kansas
$90,950
South Dakota
$89,390
Maryland
$89,090
Idaho
$88,240
Rhode Island
$88,110
Oregon
$87,960
New Mexico
$87,330
Texas
$86,760
Wyoming
$85,670
New York
$85,620
Michigan
$85,440
Hawaii
$84,300
Connecticut
$83,770
Massachusetts
$83,500
Illinois
$83,360
Nebraska
$82,750
Delaware
$81,970
Tennessee
$81,560
North Dakota
$79,910
Nevada
$79,750
Pennsylvania
$78,600
Utah
$78,110
Montana
$77,900
Wisconsin
$77,560
Alabama
$76,950
New Hampshire
$76,700
Arizona
$74,850
Iowa
$73,930
Vermont
$73,290
Minnesota
$73,020
North Carolina
$72,780
Indiana
$72,130
West Virginia
$70,570
Kentucky
$69,160
South Carolina
$68,600
Oklahoma
$67,360
Mississippi
$67,080
Missouri
$66,940
Maine
$64,850
Florida
$62,020
Georgia
$61,010
Puerto Rico
$51,290


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