Generous salaries abound for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Total incomes of Environmental Health & Safety Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $29K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $67K and $167K. Career length 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. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$66,251 - $149,658
(Median)
$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,430
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$15.49 - $38.33
(Median)
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,251 - $149,658  
   
Bonus
$2,000 - $29,114  
Profit Sharing
$9.86 - $15,383  
Total Pay (?
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$67,081 - $166,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 603
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $38.33  
   
Overtime
$52.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,000 - $29,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$9.86 - $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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$67,081 - $166,739  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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For Environmental Health & Safety Directors, a move to the Safety Director role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Safety Directors typically make $68K.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


Environmental Health & Safety Directors seem to require a number of specific 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 Program Development and Training also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Environmental Compliance are similarly competent 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.


Environmental Health & Safety Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $73K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $115K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,257

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

Chicago, St. Louis, and Cleveland — each located in the Midwest — boast salaries above the national rate for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, making this region (and these three cities) top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Fort Worth. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (17 percent lower) and Minneapolis (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$113,000



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

Program Management
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Environmental Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Project Management
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National Average
$113,000

Regulatory Compliance
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OSHA Compliance
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

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