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

Environmental Health & Safety Officers in the United States can typically expect wages of $56K annually. Total cash earnings of Environmental Health & Safety Officers range from $33K on the low end to $84K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $7K, respectively. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. More than half of Environmental Health & Safety Officers (67 percent) are men. Most Environmental Health & Safety Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Salary (?
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$38,326 - $81,653
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MEDIAN: $55,775
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$13.38 - $34.16
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,326 - $81,653  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,340  
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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$33,336 - $84,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $34.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,340  
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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$33,336 - $84,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer

Environmental health and safety (EHS) officers are responsible for all aspects of an organizations compliance with occupational and environmental laws and regulations. This responsibility encompasses a wide array of activities. EHS officers must design a program to train employees and managers in all relevant laws, rules, and regulations, with special instruction for each type of employee as it relates to their specific position and responsibilities. They handle any regulatory questions employees or managers may have, as well as analyze activities at every company site to ensure complete regulatory compliance. EHS officers must be proactive in working with regulatory agencies to learn about upcoming changes and prepare their organization to meet changing regulatory requirements. If a violation does occur, EHS officers serve as the go-between for the regulatory agencies/investigators and the organization. They help repair damage and develop strategies to prevent future violations from occurring.
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Tasks
  • Coordinate safety and environmental audits and actions to remedy faults and remediate.
  • Consult with all departments to provide expertise and ensure compliance with standards, processes and permits.
  • Oversee and review health and safety documentation and data.
  • Develop and implement health and safety plans, data capture and ongoing analysis.
  • Set up and implement hazardous waste, wastewater or toxin management programs.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer

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For Environmental Health & Safety Officers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like an Environmental Health & Safety Manager will earn $73K annually.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer

Environmental Health & Safety Officers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Safety Compliance, Environmental Compliance, and OSHA Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Environmental Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in OSHA Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Health & Safety Officers make a median salary of $62K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $60K. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around a seventh.

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Salaries

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$55,000

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

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$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
33%
female alumni
 
Male
67%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%