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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $59K per year on average. In the world of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $86K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $7K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and geography. There are more male Environmental Health & Safety Specialists than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 69 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage.
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MEDIAN: $59,083
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,962 - $82,740  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,305  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $7,000  
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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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$39,994 - $85,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,575
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$0$17$34$51
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$15.30 - $35.36  
   
Overtime
$20.49 - $50.49  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,305  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $7,000  
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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$39,994 - $85,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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 upper level Environmental Health & Safety Director role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $103K per year. Typical career progression for an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist involves becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager or a Safety Manager, roles that pay $15K more and $2K more on average.

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


Although Chevron Corporation offers the highest salaries (median pay is $81K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $62K to $103K.

CBRE Group doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $51K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $67K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results suggest that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hygiene, Emergency Response, Regulatory Compliance, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. For most people, competency in Environmental Compliance indicates knowledge of 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $61K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (12 percent lower) and Washington (10 percent lower).

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
$59,000


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


Emergency Response
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Safety Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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OSHA Compliance
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Training
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 347 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%