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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of environmental scientists and geoscientists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |