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Environmental Scientist and Geoscientists Salary Information

The salary statistics of environmental scientists and geoscientists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of environmental scientists and geoscientists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of environmental scientists and geoscientists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The environmental scientists and geoscientists 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 Scientist and Geoscientists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,660
25th Percentile Wage
$54,610
50th Percentile Wage
$73,320
75th Percentile Wage
$100,600
90th Percentile Wage
$134,290

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for environmental scientists and geoscientists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) environmental scientists and geoscientists is $134,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,320. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,660. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 214% 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 scientists and geoscientists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,3202.15%4.87%
201571,7400.63%-
201471,2900.72%-
201370,7801.46%-
201269,750--

Table 2. Environmental Scientist and Geoscientists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of environmental scientists and geoscientists 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 scientists and geoscientists occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $119,250. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $50,100).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$119,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$118,720
Transportation and Warehousing
$97,070
Utilities
$88,900
Manufacturing
$83,450
Wholesale Trade
$73,060
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$73,030
Construction
$73,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$71,780
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,470
Educational Services
$64,090
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,040
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$58,040
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,100


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