Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Salaries for Environmental Health & Safety Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Total cash compensation to Environmental Health & Safety Directors bottoms out near $63K and approaches $163K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $29K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (80 percent) of Environmental Health & Safety Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,565 - $147,224

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$14.60 - $57.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,565 - $147,224  
   
Bonus
$40.27 - $28,850  
Profit Sharing
$2.73 - $19,885  
Total Pay (?
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$62,904 - $162,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,106
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Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $57.78  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$40.27 - $28,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.73 - $19,885  
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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$62,904 - $162,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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.

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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, Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training and Safety Compliance. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $71K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $87K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $108K. 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 $124K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Charlotte (+18 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 16 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Tampa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries



National Average
$108,000



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


Environmental Compliance
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Regulatory Compliance
0%

Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

National Average
$108,000

Project Management
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OSHA Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

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: 74% employee benefits None: 6%
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