Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($108K) annually in the United States. Final cash compensation to Environmental Health & Safety Directors varies from around $67K to approximately $169K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $29K and $15K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Environmental Health & Safety Directors is high. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Environmental Health & Safety Directors who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$65,896 - $150,520
$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,953
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$14.79 - $52.65
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$53
MEDIAN: $23.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,896 - $150,520  
   
Bonus
$1,975 - $29,297  
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $15,383  
Total Pay (?
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$66,768 - $168,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 588
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $52.65  
   
Overtime
$52.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,975 - $29,297  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.86 - $15,383  
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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$66,768 - $168,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


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As Environmental Health & Safety Directors make advancements to positions like Safety Director, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Safety Directors make $68K.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


Survey results show that Environmental Health & Safety Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Environmental Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Security Policies and Procedures as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Training Program Development also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Environmental Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $73K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $89K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $115K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,330

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Environmental Health & Safety Directors, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in St. Louis (+23 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), Cleveland (+15 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Minneapolis (17 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$113,000

▼21%

▼36%

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



Risk Management / Risk Control
▼0%

Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$113,000





▼15%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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