Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $60K per year. Cash earnings for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists — including $9K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $86K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career length and location. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$41,863 - $82,933
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,608
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$15.49 - $34.35
(Median)
$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,863 - $82,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,991  
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $7,693  
Total Pay (?
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$40,708 - $85,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,959
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $34.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.55  
Overtime
$21.43 - $49.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,991  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $7,693  
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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$40,708 - $85,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

An environmental health and safety specialist observes and chronicles individuals' typical behaviors and procedures to determine if these practices are safe for the individual and for the company as a whole. This position is especially important in manufacturing and production fields, as a great deal of safety concerns may arise for those working on heavy machinery or directly with raw materials. The environmental health and safety specialist identifies potential safety hazards in operations and then report their findings to supervisors, who may be a board of representatives or a senior environmental health and safety specialist. After problems are identified, the individual must develop strategies or a plan of action to safely deal with the problem. In addition, an environmental health and safety specialist also may examine the operations of a company as a whole and determine if they are environmentally friendly; for instance, the job may require determining if certain emissions standards are being met by a production plant.

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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Tasks

  • Contribute to administration of EHS programs.
  • Generate and maintain documentation related to EHS initiatives.
  • Conduct research for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or environmental hazards.

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


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Environmental Health & Safety Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Environmental Health & Safety Director. The average Environmental Health & Safety Director brings home $104K per year. The most common next step for an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist is to become an Environmental Health & Safety Manager or a Safety Manager. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Environmental Health & Safety Specialists include The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, CBRE Group, and INVISTA, Inc. Chevron Corporation does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $83K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $60K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $112K. BASF Corporation, The Boeing Company, and INVISTA, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Environmental Health & Safety Specialists earning around $77K, $75K, or $74K at each firm, respectively.

Workers at CBRE Group, General Electric Co (GE), and Amazon.com Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $51K, $61K, and $64K respectively.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Environmental Health & Safety Specialists report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Emergency Response, and Industrial Hygiene are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Environmental Compliance also know Regulatory Compliance.

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

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


Environmental Health & Safety Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,540

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

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+14 percent), Pittsburgh (+9 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and Washington (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist?

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in Nahunta, Georgia:
"Making The World A Safer, Healthier Place."
Pros: Every day is different. Excellent opportunities for continued education. Wonderful colleagues and work environment.
Cons: Daily commute. Wear and tear on current vehicle.

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries




National Average
$60,000


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

Project Management
up arrow 22%

Emergency Response
up arrow 10%



Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 6%


Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Environmental Compliance
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Training
0%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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