These Are The 10 States With The Highest Environmental Scientist Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do environmental scientists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for environmental scientists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for environmental scientists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for environmental scientists after this adjustment? That would be Environmental Scientists And Specialists, Including Health.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. New Mexico
  3. Illinois
  4. Colorado
  5. Kansas
  6. Virginia
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Iowa
  10. Tennessee

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for environmental scientists from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $84580, so our index value would be:

$84,580 * (100 / 135.9) = $62,236

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for environmental scientists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Environmental Scientist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $99,228 $90,000 90.7
2 New Mexico $88,994 $85,880 96.5
3 Illinois $88,710 $83,920 94.6
4 Colorado $85,578 $88,830 103.8
5 Kansas $85,239 $76,630 89.9
6 Virginia $79,434 $80,070 100.8
7 Utah $77,623 $72,190 93.0
8 Michigan $75,258 $66,980 89.0
9 Iowa $73,131 $66,550 91.0
10 Tennessee $72,953 $65,220 89.4
11 Washington $72,690 $76,470 105.2
12 Georgia $72,035 $65,840 91.4
13 Ohio $71,961 $67,500 93.8
14 Arizona $71,673 $70,240 98.0
15 Wyoming $71,209 $65,370 91.8
16 Pennsylvania $71,163 $72,160 101.4
17 New Jersey $69,934 $85,250 121.9
18 Minnesota $69,236 $69,790 100.8
19 Oklahoma $68,464 $61,070 89.2
20 Rhode Island $68,392 $82,550 120.7
21 North Carolina $67,997 $63,850 93.9
22 Montana $67,767 $68,310 100.8
23 Louisiana $67,573 $64,060 94.8
24 Indiana $67,418 $60,340 89.5
25 Arkansas $67,095 $58,440 87.1
26 Alabama $66,820 $60,940 91.2
27 North Dakota $66,589 $66,190 99.4
28 Wisconsin $66,260 $64,140 96.8
29 Alaska $66,178 $86,760 131.1
30 Nevada $65,992 $68,170 103.3
31 West Virginia $65,074 $60,780 93.4
32 Oregon $64,359 $74,400 115.6
33 New Hampshire $64,051 $74,940 117.0
34 South Carolina $63,810 $63,300 99.2
35 Idaho $63,615 $58,590 92.1
36 Nebraska $63,056 $57,760 91.6
37 Maryland $62,573 $78,530 125.5
38 California $62,236 $84,580 135.9
39 Connecticut $62,004 $79,180 127.7
40 Massachusetts $60,562 $80,790 133.4
41 New York $59,099 $77,420 131.0
42 Missouri $58,185 $52,600 90.4
43 South Dakota $57,107 $59,220 103.7
44 Florida $56,795 $55,830 98.3
45 Kentucky $56,353 $51,000 90.5
46 Maine $54,693 $60,600 110.8
47 Vermont $51,279 $62,100 121.1
48 Hawaii $39,910 $67,010 167.9

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