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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Environmental Scientist and Geoscientists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,010
25th Percentile Wage
$55,100
50th Percentile Wage
$73,860
75th Percentile Wage
$100,670
90th Percentile Wage
$133,530

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 $133,530. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $73,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,010. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 210% 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 scientists and geoscientists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$73,860
0.73% 5.56%
2016
$73,320
2.15% -
2015
$71,740
0.63% -
2014
$71,290
0.72% -
2013
$70,780
1.46% -
2012
$69,750
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Table 2. Environmental Scientist and Geoscientists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of environmental scientists and geoscientists in 16 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 $120,630. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,610).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$120,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$116,580
Utilities
$90,400
Wholesale Trade
$88,660
Transportation and Warehousing
$87,770
Finance and Insurance
$84,560
Manufacturing
$83,270
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,420
Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,460
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$70,090
Construction
$68,440
Educational Services
$66,670
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,860
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$60,620
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,580
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,610



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