Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for environmental scientists in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 71,661 environmental scientists currently employed in the United States.
  • 38.3% of all environmental scientists are women, while 61.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed environmental scientist is 39 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of environmental scientists is White (81.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (6.2%), Asian (5.0%) and Unknown (3.7%).
  • Environmental scientists are most in-demand in Saint Paul, MN.
  • The technology industry is the highest-paying for environmental scientists.
  • Novato, CA pays an annual average wage of $85,764, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 95% of what men earned.
  • 16% of all environmental scientists are LGBT.
  • Oregon is the best state for environmental scientists to live.
  • Environmental scientists are 62% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to government companies.

Environmental Scientist Statistics By Gender

38.3% of environmental scientists are women and 61.7% of environmental scientists are men.

  • Male, 61.7%
  • Female, 38.3%

Environmental Scientists By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male61.7%
Female38.3%

Gender Pay Gap For Environmental Scientist

Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$64,501
female-income
Female Income
$60,958

Environmental Scientist Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the environmental scientist position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Environmental Scientist Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201077.96%22.04%
201177.48%22.52%
201275.94%24.06%
201374.98%25.02%
201476.48%23.52%
201575.61%24.39%
201675.60%24.40%
201774.19%25.81%
201864.90%35.10%
201963.89%36.11%
202058.07%41.93%
202161.67%38.33%

Environmental Scientist Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, seismologist and optical scientist have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Aerologist11%89%
Senior Advocate33%67%
Environmental Scientist62%38%
Remote Sensing Engineer91%9%
Optical Scientist91%9%
Seismologist94%6%

Environmental Scientist Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among environmental scientists is White, which makes up 81.2% of all environmental scientists. Comparatively, there are 6.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 5.0% of the Asian ethnicity.

  • White, 81.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.2%
  • Asian, 5.0%
  • Unknown, 3.7%
  • Black or African American, 3.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Environmental Scientist Race

Environmental Scientist RacePercentages
White81.2%
Hispanic or Latino6.2%
Asian5.0%
Unknown3.7%
Black or African American3.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Environmental Scientist Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among environmental scientists.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Environmental Scientist Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201087.92%2.19%4.14%4.83%
201186.57%2.32%4.52%3.91%
201288.20%2.45%2.90%3.45%
201386.52%1.71%4.43%4.63%
201486.51%2.09%5.70%3.37%
201587.11%2.47%5.27%3.03%
201687.67%2.26%3.70%4.42%
201786.70%2.20%4.07%4.95%
201883.82%2.74%4.93%6.30%
201986.81%1.28%3.62%4.68%
202079.69%2.83%5.40%4.88%
202181.24%3.09%5.03%6.19%

Environmental Scientist Wage Gap By Race

Black or african american environmental scientists have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White environmental scientists have the lowest average salary at $62,737.
$67,000
$66,000
$65,000
$64,000
$63,000
$62,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$64,405
White$62,737
Black or African American$66,326
Asian$64,899
Hispanic or Latino$64,191

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Average Age of an Environmental Scientist

We determined the average age of environmental scientists based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Environmental Scientist Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
White3736
Black or African American40
Hispanic or Latino4334

Environmental Scientist Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of environmental scientist employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of environmental scientists is 40+ years old, which represents 44% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Environmental Scientist Age

Environmental Scientist YearsPercentages
40+ years44%
30-40 years36%
20-30 years20%

Types of Environmental Scientist Degree Levels

The most common degree for environmental scientists is bachelor's degree 81% of environmental scientists earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 12% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

  • Bachelors, 81%
  • Masters, 12%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Doctorate, 1%
  • Other Degrees, 1%

Environmental Scientists By Education

Environmental Scientist DegreePercentages
Bachelors81%
Masters12%
Associate5%
Doctorate1%
Other Degrees1%

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Environmental Scientist Wage Gap By Education

$68,000
$66,000
$64,000
$62,000
$60,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$66,904
Bachelor's Degree$61,031

Environmental Scientist Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where environmental scientists work. We found most environmental scientists work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most environmental scientists is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire environmental scientists.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Environmental Scientist Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees7%
50 - 100 employees19%
100 - 500 employees30%
500 - 1,000 employees9%
1,000 - 10,000 employees25%
> 10,000 employees11%

The Types Of Companies Environmental Scientist Work In

Employees with the environmental scientist job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most environmental scientists prefer to work at private companies over government companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Environmental Scientist Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public14%
Private62%
Government23%

Top Industries Hiring Environmental Scientists

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ environmental scientists. Those industries include professional, government and technology.

Professional

Government

Technology

Construction

Fortune 500

Environmental Scientist Turnover And Employment Statistics

Environmental Scientist Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of environmental scientists changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Environmental Scientist Unemployment Rate By Year

YearEnvironmental Scientist Unemployment Rate
20102.40%
20113.59%
20122.76%
20133.54%
20142.58%
20153.12%
20162.97%
20172.32%
20182.11%
20191.69%
20202.00%
20211.74%

The Average Number of Years That Environmental Scientist Stay in a Job

By looking over 5,380 environmental scientists resumes, we figured out that the average environmental scientist enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Environmental Scientist Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year16%
1-2 years37%
3-4 years15%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years7%
11+ years10%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Environmental Scientists with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to environmental scientists.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Geophysicist4.45%287
Food Chemist5.26%61,028
Remote Sensing Scientist8.32%59,563
Environmental Scientist15.61%-

Environmental Scientist LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Geophysicist4.45%287
Food Chemist5.26%61,028
Remote Sensing Scientist8.32%59,563

Foreign Languages Spoken By Environmental Scientists

The most common foreign language among environmental scientists is Spanish at 52.1%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 13.2% and German is the third-most popular at 4.7%.

  • Spanish, 52.1%
  • French, 13.2%
  • German, 4.7%
  • Italian, 4.7%
  • Arabic, 3.2%
  • Other, 22.1%

Environmental Scientist Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish52.1%
French13.2%
German4.7%
Italian4.7%
Arabic3.2%
Other22.1%

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Environmental Scientist Heatmaps

Where Do Environmental Scientists Earn The Most?

Environmental scientists earn the most in California, where the average environmental scientist salary is $77,130. The map here shows where environmental scientists earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Environmental Scientists?

By looking through more than 5,380 resumes, we found that the most popular places for environmental scientists are Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX.

Number of Environmental Scientists

Number Of Environmental Scientist Jobs By State

Where Are Environmental Scientists In High Demand?

Environmental scientists are in high demand in Saint Paul, MN. There are currently 17 job openings for environmental scientists here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country environmental scientists are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Environmental Scientist Demographics FAQs

How Many Environmental Scientist Are There In The Us?

There are over 71,661 Environmental Scientists in the United States.

What Percentage Of Environmental Scientists Are Black?

3.1% of Environmental Scientists are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Environmental Scientists?

Most an are White, with 81.2% of Environmental Scientists belonging to this ethnicity. 6.2% of Environmental Scientists are Hispanic or Latino, 5.0% of Environmental Scientists are Asian, 3.7% of Environmental Scientists are Unknown, 3.1% of Environmental Scientists are Black or African American, and 0.8% of Environmental Scientists are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Environmental Scientist Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Environmental Scientist jobs are male - dominated. 61% of Environmental Scientists are male, and 38% are female, so there are more male Environmental Scientists than female Environmental Scientists in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Environmental Scientist?

The average Environmental Scientist is 39 years old. 44% of Environmental Scientists are 40+ years old or older, 36% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 20% are between 20-30 years old

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