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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $101K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. With some bonuses approaching $29K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Environmental Health & Safety Directors spread between $61K and $164K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Environmental Health & Safety Directors (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$61,578 - $146,974
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$62K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,424
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$14.56 - $58.17
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$58
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,578 - $146,974  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $29,317  
Profit Sharing
$242.15 - $19,924  
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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$61,152 - $164,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$493.16 - $29,317  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.15 - $19,924  
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).
)
$61,152 - $164,358  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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


Survey results suggest that Environmental Health & Safety Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 pay less than market rate include Training and Safety Compliance. Those educated in Environmental Compliance tend to be well versed 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Environmental Health & Safety Directors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $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 $107K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $123K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Environmental Health & Safety Directors, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Environmental Health & Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+23 percent), Charlotte (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Fort Worth. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Phoenix (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$107,000



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


Environmental Compliance
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Regulatory Compliance
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Project Management
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National Average
$107,000

OSHA Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 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: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 7%