Environmental engineers

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Total Workforce

29k

Average Age

44.3

Estimated Job Growth

8.36%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$82,044

Average Male Salary

$87,028

Average Female Salary

$68,381

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 Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals. Environmental engineers are paid most in false but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$82,044

AVERAGE SALARY

± $6,964

In 2017, Environmental engineers earned an average of $82,044, $29,979 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Industrial engineers, including health & safety make somewhat more than Environmental engineers while Sales representatives, services, all other 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

0.239

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Environmental engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.239, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Environmental engineers, by average wage, are Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, Administration of economic programs & space research, and Sewage treatment facilities.

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Industries by Share

29k

2017 Workforce

± 4,178

-8.06%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 21.7%

The number of people employed as Environmental engineers has been declining at a rate of -8.06%, from 31,503 people in 2016 to 28,964 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Environmental engineers employed by various industries. Architectural, engineering & related services employs the largest share of Environmental engineers at  31.1%, followed by Water, steam, air-conditioning, & irrigation systems with 14% and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs with 9.64%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Environmental engineers in the US. The average age of male Environmental engineers in the workforce is 46.4 and of female Environmental engineers is 38.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Environmental engineers is White.

Gender Composition

21.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 3,576

7.74k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,160

73.3% of Environmental engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Environmental engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Environmental engineers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

80% of Environmental engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10% of Environmental engineers, Black 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 Gender

46.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.18

38.3

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.35

The median age of Environmental engineers is 44.3, and Male employees are generally 8.07 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

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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 Complex Problem Solving. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Environmental engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Programming.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Environmental engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Environmental engineers are expected to see a growth of 8.36% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

8.36%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Environmental engineers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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