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 .
|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 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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of environmental scientists and health specialists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|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|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
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|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |