Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

The average Environmental Health & Safety Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $60K annually. Total cash earnings of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists range from $41K on the low end to $86K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $8K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career duration and location. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Environmental Health & Safety Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$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 (?
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: 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 who transition into an Environmental Health & Safety Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $104K per year. A common career progression for an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist is to become an Environmental Health & Safety Manager or a Safety Manager. Compared to Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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


The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, CBRE Group, and INVISTA, Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. Chevron Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $83K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $60K to a high of $112K. Also paying near the top of the field are BASF Corporation at $77K, The Boeing Company at $75K, and INVISTA, Inc., where Environmental Health & Safety Specialists annually earn $74K.

Employees at CBRE Group, General Electric Co (GE), and Amazon.com Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $51K, $61K, and $64K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists deploy 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. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance also tend to 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. 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 $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,540

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

Home to some of the best pay for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Oklahoma City and 9 percent less in Washington, 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 Dallas:
"Fulfilling Career."
Pros: My work in the safety field is very rewarding. Employees really appreciate the work I do.
Cons: Facilities personnel.

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
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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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