Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $102K per year. Cash earnings for Environmental Health & Safety Directors — including $29K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $63K to $165K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Environmental Health & Safety Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Environmental Health & Safety Directors (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$63,620 - $147,286
(Median)
$64K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,252
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$14.56 - $58.17
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,620 - $147,286  
   
Bonus
$304.10 - $29,371  
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $19,866  
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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$62,950 - $164,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,120
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$304.10 - $29,371  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.79 - $19,866  
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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$62,950 - $164,512  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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


Environmental Health & Safety Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Environmental Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training and Safety Compliance. 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $87K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $109K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $124K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Environmental Health & Safety Directors will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Environmental Health & Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+20 percent), Charlotte (+17 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). Fort Worth ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (8 percent lower) and Tampa (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$109,000



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


Environmental Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Regulatory Compliance
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Project Management
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National Average
$109,000

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 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
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 6%
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