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Environmental Scientist and Health Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of environmental scientists and health specialists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of environmental scientists and health specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The environmental scientists and health specialists 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 Health Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,220
25th Percentile Wage
$52,150
50th Percentile Wage
$68,910
75th Percentile Wage
$91,450
90th Percentile Wage
$120,320

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for environmental scientists and health specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) environmental scientists and health specialists is $120,320. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,220. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 191% 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 health specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,9102.10%7.75%
201567,4601.79%-
201466,2501.75%-
201365,0902.34%-
201263,570--

Table 2. Environmental Scientist and Health Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of environmental scientists and health specialists 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 health specialists occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $100,220. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $49,430).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$100,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$96,640
Utilities
$89,720
Manufacturing
$82,330
Mining
$81,930
Construction
$74,100
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$69,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,110
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,000
Educational Services
$65,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,060
Wholesale Trade
$63,490
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$57,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$49,430

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists by States

From the above tables we note that not only environmental scientists and health specialists 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 scientists and health specialists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $32,650 to $112,520. The highest paying state for environmental scientists and health specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $112,520. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,650. For more salary information of environmental scientists and health specialists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$112,520
Rhode Island
$84,630
Colorado
$81,680
Illinois
$81,070
New Jersey
$79,350
California
$79,080
Texas
$77,900
Alaska
$76,680
Massachusetts
$74,370
Oregon
$73,140
New York
$72,730
Maryland
$71,740
Virginia
$71,150
Kansas
$71,100
New Mexico
$71,100
Connecticut
$70,190
Washington
$68,910
Iowa
$67,030
Nevada
$66,640
Utah
$66,450
Michigan
$66,200
Minnesota
$66,160
Pennsylvania
$66,020
Ohio
$64,900
New Hampshire
$64,540
Hawaii
$63,540
South Carolina
$61,930
Wyoming
$61,830
Georgia
$61,210
Arizona
$60,800
Tennessee
$60,400
Montana
$59,850
North Dakota
$59,350
Vermont
$59,230
Wisconsin
$58,510
North Carolina
$57,780
Guam
$57,060
Oklahoma
$56,320
Arkansas
$56,110
Idaho
$56,060
Louisiana
$56,000
West Virginia
$55,930
South Dakota
$55,640
Alabama
$54,840
Indiana
$54,170
Delaware
$53,240
Nebraska
$52,930
Maine
$52,740
Florida
$49,390
Missouri
$47,240
Kentucky
$46,800
Virgin Islands
$44,940
Mississippi
$43,160
Puerto Rico
$32,650



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