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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Environmental Scientist and Health Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,580
25th Percentile Wage
$52,610
50th Percentile Wage
$69,400
75th Percentile Wage
$92,660
90th Percentile Wage
$122,510

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 $122,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,580. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 194% 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 health specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$69,400
0.71% 8.40%
2016
$68,910
2.10% -
2015
$67,460
1.79% -
2014
$66,250
1.75% -
2013
$65,090
2.34% -
2012
$63,570
- -

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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $91,880. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $48,610).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$91,880
Transportation and Warehousing
$91,580
Utilities
$90,430
Mining
$87,630
Wholesale Trade
$81,220
Manufacturing
$80,820
Construction
$74,870
Federal, State, and Local Government
$68,970
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$68,310
Educational Services
$66,980
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,900
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$59,450
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,610

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 $38,540 to $119,490. The highest paying state for environmental scientists and health specialists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $119,490. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $38,540. 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
$119,490
Illinois
$83,660
Colorado
$82,330
Rhode Island
$81,860
California
$81,680
New Jersey
$80,450
Alaska
$78,510
Massachusetts
$75,300
Oregon
$75,190
Maryland
$74,600
Texas
$74,240
New York
$73,410
Connecticut
$73,350
Washington
$72,500
New Mexico
$71,930
Virginia
$71,040
Kansas
$70,510
Minnesota
$68,930
Iowa
$68,460
Utah
$68,370
New Hampshire
$68,040
Ohio
$67,090
Hawaii
$66,620
Pennsylvania
$64,820
Tennessee
$63,130
Arizona
$63,080
Georgia
$62,630
Michigan
$62,460
Montana
$62,320
North Dakota
$62,290
Nevada
$61,940
Vermont
$61,180
Oklahoma
$61,100
Wyoming
$61,090
Indiana
$58,430
South Carolina
$57,900
Arkansas
$57,690
Louisiana
$57,660
North Carolina
$57,450
Guam
$57,060
Alabama
$56,700
Wisconsin
$56,630
Idaho
$55,880
Nebraska
$55,250
South Dakota
$54,790
Delaware
$54,740
West Virginia
$54,470
Maine
$54,400
Florida
$49,220
Kentucky
$47,890
Missouri
$47,570
Virgin Islands
$45,750
Mississippi
$45,730
Puerto Rico
$38,540



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