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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Wages for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $29K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Environmental Health & Safety Directors can bottom out near $59K or peak near $164K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority (81 percent) of Environmental Health & Safety Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Health & Safety Directors. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$59,547 - $146,227
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MEDIAN: $100,834
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,547 - $146,227  
   
Bonus
$507 - $29,328  
Profit Sharing
$700 - $19,888  
Total Pay (?
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$58,785 - $163,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,136
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Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $57.02  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $66.48  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$507 - $29,328  
   
Profit Sharing
$700 - $19,888  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$58,785 - $163,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

An environmental health and safety (EHS) director ensures that the health, safety, and environmental impact policies of their employer are being successfully implemented. This is a managerial position largely carried out in an office environment, though EHS directors regularly tour facilities to personally inspect operations and communicate with different departments. EHS directors are needed in all manner of industrial and manufacturing operations, as well as in government jobs and hospitals. Any organization that employs a significant number of people likely has an environmental health & safety department.

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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Tasks

  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and corporate environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • Modify and implement compliance tracking programs and record keeping systems.
  • Develop environmental policies and practices.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Environmental Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Most people experienced in Environmental Compliance also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Environmental Health & Safety Directors. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $65K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $87K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $108K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+24 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Denver (+19 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Fort Worth is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (8 percent lower) and Minneapolis (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries


Environmental Compliance
up arrow 4%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 3%

National Average
$107,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%