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Environmental Scientists and Specialists in Pennsylvania

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Environmental Scientists and Specialists in Pennsylvania

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

9.3% Jobs Projection
$66,110 Median Salary
240 Job Openings

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

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

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

How Many Environmental Scientists and Specialists Work in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, there were 2,050 people working as Environmental Scientists and Specialists in the year 2018.

There were 2,190 Environmental Scientists and Specialists employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 140 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists in PA Employment Trend

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

Environmental Scientists and Specialists in PA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for Pennsylvania

Jobs for Environmental Scientists and Specialists in this state are growing at a rate of 9.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 11.1%.

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

Pennsylvania Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 240 annual job openings, and a total of 2,580 jobs for Pennsylvania Environmental Scientists and Specialists in 2026.

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

What do Environmental Scientists and Specialists Make in Pennsylvania?

In 2018 wages for Environmental Scientists and Specialists ranged from $43,940 to $118,740 with $66,110 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $21.12 to $57.09. The median hourly rate was $31.78.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $31.16 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.62.

The median salary in Pennsylvania is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists Earnings: PA vs. National Average

Top Pennsylvania 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
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,320 $75,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,130 $68,930
Pittsburgh, PA 450 $62,290
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 280 $65,910
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA 80 $59,020
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ 70 $69,070
Lancaster, PA 70 $64,180
Reading, PA 70 $56,860
York-Hanover, PA 50 $67,520
State College, PA 40 $98,660
Altoona, PA 30 $53,990

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 PA Employment Total
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 1,210
Hydrologists 140

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