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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Salary

Pay for Environmental Health & Safety Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. Overall incomes of Environmental Health & Safety Officers generally bottom out at around $38K and peak near $88K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $7K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Environmental Health & Safety Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Environmental Health & Safety Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,215 - $87,553
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$88K
MEDIAN: $56,582
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$14.30 - $36.10
(Median)
$14
$21
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,215 - $87,553  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,135  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,450  
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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$37,665 - $87,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $36.10  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.01  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $7,450  
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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$37,665 - $87,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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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Environmental Health & Safety Officers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Environmental Health & Safety Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $74K per year.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer


Environmental Health & Safety Officers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance, and Environmental Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know OSHA Compliance are also skilled in Environmental Compliance.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Environmental Health & Safety Officers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $58K. Environmental Health & Safety Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. 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 $69K.

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer Salaries




National Average
$56,000


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

National Average
$56,000

Safety Compliance
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OSHA Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%
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