Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Salaries for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Environmental Health & Safety Directors stretch from $67K on the lower end to $167K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $29K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men make up the vast majority of Environmental Health & Safety Directors (81 percent) who took the survey. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Environmental Health & Safety Directors is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$66,684 - $149,082
(Median)
$67K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $103,961
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$14.68 - $55.37
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$55
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,684 - $149,082  
   
Bonus
$489.93 - $29,317  
Profit Sharing
$3.03 - $19,685  
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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$67,078 - $167,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $55.37  
   
Overtime
$20.86 - $65.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$489.93 - $29,317  
   
Profit Sharing
$3.03 - $19,685  
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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$67,078 - $167,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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.

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 suggest that Environmental Health & Safety Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Environmental Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Training Program Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training and Safety Compliance also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Environmental Compliance indicates knowledge of 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.


Environmental Health & Safety Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $74K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $111K. Environmental Health & Safety Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $126K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $110,556

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

For Environmental Health & Safety Directors, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+22 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Charlotte (+15 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Fort Worth is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Columbus (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$111,000



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


Environmental Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average
$111,000

Regulatory Compliance
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Project Management
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OSHA Compliance
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Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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