Environmental engineers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
30.7k
Average Age
43.4
Estimated Job Growth
3.23%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$88,018
Average Male Salary
$91,979
Average Female Salary
$79,248

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Environmental engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Architectural, engineering & related services is the industry that employs the most Environmental engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Environmental engineers, by average wage, is Coal mining. Environmental engineers are paid most in Fullerton & Placentia Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Elk Grove City PUMA, CA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$88,018
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,629

In 2020, Environmental engineers earned an average of $88,018, $32,064 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Industrial engineers, including health & safety make somewhat more than Environmental engineers while Producers & directors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Environmental engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.262
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Environmental engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.262, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Environmental engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Environmental engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Environmental engineers.

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Industries

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Environmental engineers, by average wage, are Coal mining, Electric power generation, transmission & distribution, and Support activities for mining.

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Industries by Share

30.7k
2020 Workforce
± 4,301
0.504%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 19.7%

The number of people employed as Environmental engineers has been growing at a rate of 0.504%, from 30,547 people in 2019 to 30,701 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Environmental engineers employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Environmental engineers at  27%, followed by Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 13.7% and Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 12.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Environmental engineers in the US. The average age of male Environmental engineers in the workforce is 45.2 and of female Environmental engineers is 39.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Environmental engineers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

21.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,570
9.55k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,399

68.9% of Environmental engineers are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Environmental engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Environmental engineers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.5% of Environmental engineers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.4% of Environmental engineers, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Environmental engineers.

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Age by Sex

45.2
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.38
39.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.04

The median age of Environmental engineers is 43.4, and Male employees are generally 5.97 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Environmental engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Environmental engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Environmental engineers hold a major in Natural Resources & Conservation.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Environmental engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Environmental engineers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Environmental engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Management of Financial Resources, and Mathematics.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Environmental Engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Environmental Engineers are expected to see a growth of 3.23% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

3.23%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Environmental Engineers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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