The median annual wage of environmental engineers was $78,740 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $48,980, and the top 10 percent earned more than $119,060.
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of environmental engineers in May 2010 were the following:
|Federal government, excluding postal service||$100,270|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||78,450|
|Local government, excluding education and hospitals||75,280|
|Management, scientific, and technical consulting services||74,940|
|State government, excluding education and hospitals||69,050|
Most environmental engineers work full time. Those who manage projects often work more than 40 hours per week.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition