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Environmental Scientists and Specialists in North Carolina

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Environmental Scientists and Specialists in North Carolina

Is North Carolina a good place for you to work as an Environmental Scientist or Specialist?

13.7% Jobs Projection
$58,600 Median Salary
390 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Environmental Scientists and Specialists in North Carolina are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Environmental Scientists and Specialists in North Carolina is growing faster than average.

  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists in North Carolina earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Environmental Scientists and Specialists Work in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, there were 3,790 people working as Environmental Scientists and Specialists in the year 2018.

There were 3,730 Environmental Scientists and Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 60 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists in NC Employment Trend

The typical state has 850 Environmental Scientists and Specialists working in it, which means North Carolina has more Environmental Scientists and Specialists than average.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists in NC vs. the Average State

Job Projections for North Carolina

Jobs for Environmental Scientists and Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 13.7% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 11.1%.

Job Projections for Environmental Scientists and Specialists: Nation vs. NC

North Carolina Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 390 annual job openings, and 4,060 total jobs in 2026 for Environmental Scientists and Specialists in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 9,500 annual jobs and 99,400 total jobs in 2026.

What do Environmental Scientists and Specialists Make in North Carolina?

In 2018 wages for Environmental Scientists and Specialists ranged from $42,170 to $99,050 with $58,600 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $20.27 to $47.62. The median hourly rate was $28.17.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $27.62 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.55.

The median salary in North Carolina is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists Earnings: NC vs. National Average

Top North Carolina Metros for Environmental Scientists and Specialists

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Environmental Scientists and Specialists.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Raleigh, NC 1,080 $60,540
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 920 $57,240
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 390 $65,290
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 330 $91,820
Greensboro-High Point, NC 220 $57,320
Wilmington, NC 170 $55,300
Asheville, NC 170 $55,680
Winston-Salem, NC 160 $55,770
Fayetteville, NC 90 $60,750
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 40 $57,700
Jacksonville, NC 40 $64,600
New Bern, NC 40 $57,780

Top States for Environmental Scientists and Specialists Employment

The table below shows the states where most Environmental Scientists and Specialists work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 12,750 $87,080
Florida 4,920 $49,500
New York 4,400 $73,600
Texas 4,170 $74,800
North Carolina 3,790 $58,600
Virginia 3,150 $75,060
Colorado 2,930 $86,190
Washington 2,880 $78,230
Michigan 2,780 $63,970
New Jersey 2,670 $77,190
Maryland 2,560 $71,820
Pennsylvania 2,050 $66,110
Ohio 2,000 $74,890
Massachusetts 1,950 $77,280
Minnesota 1,780 $68,060
Illinois 1,690 $74,850
District of Columbia 1,600 $118,400
Arizona 1,420 $63,810
Tennessee 1,410 $65,300
Georgia 1,300 $66,420

Below are the states where Environmental Scientists and Specialists get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $118,400
California $87,080
Colorado $86,190
Rhode Island $80,700
Washington $78,230
Oregon $77,330
Massachusetts $77,280
New Jersey $77,190
Alaska $75,550
Connecticut $75,430

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Occupation NC Employment Total
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 430
Hydrologists 170

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