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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (United States)

Average pay for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($106K). Total cash compensation to Environmental Health & Safety Directors bottoms out near $58K and approaches $163K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $29K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair portion. The vast majority of Environmental Health & Safety Directors (81 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Health & Safety Directors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (?
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$58,924 - $145,489
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MEDIAN: $100,307
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (?
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$13.74 - $53.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,924 - $145,489  
   
Bonus
$519 - $29,464  
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $19,750  
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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$57,995 - $162,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,143
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$13.74 - $53.96  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $46.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$519 - $29,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $19,750  
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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$57,995 - $162,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 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

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, with boosts of 10 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. Most people familiar with 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $84K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $124K. Environmental Health & Safety Directors with more than 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$106,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, 27 percent higher than the national average. Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, and Houston also offer top salaries for Environmental Health & Safety Directors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 26 percent, 24 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent more, respectively. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Tampa and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries

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$106,000

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

Regulatory Compliance
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$106,000
OSHA Compliance
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Project Management
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Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

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: 70% employee benefits None: 7%