Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Average Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States make around $60K per year. In the world of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $86K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though tenure and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Male Environmental Health & Safety Specialists who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (69 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$41,681 - $83,136
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,804
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$15.37 - $34.37
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$15
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,681 - $83,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,944  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $7,213  
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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$40,389 - $85,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,751
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.37 - $34.37  
   
Overtime
$21.32 - $49.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,944  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $7,213  
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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$40,389 - $85,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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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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For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, progressing to an Environmental Health & Safety Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Environmental Health & Safety Director can earn $103K annually. When Environmental Health & Safety Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $2K, respectively.

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


The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, and INVISTA, Inc. are top-notch employers for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in this area. Employees at Chevron Corporation enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $81K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $62K and higher ones not far away at only $103K.

Employees at CBRE Group take home the smallest paychecks, and $51K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $48K and quickly nearing the top at only $68K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results suggest that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency Response, Industrial Hygiene, Training Program Development, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Risk Management / Risk Control. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+9 percent), Pittsburgh (+5 percent), Philadelphia (+5 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Washington and 2 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Emergency Response
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OSHA Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Training
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National Average
$60,000

Risk Management / Risk Control
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 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
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 6%
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