Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States take home approximately $60K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Environmental Health & Safety Specialists varies from around $41K to approximately $86K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $9K, respectively. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. The majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists (63 percent) survey respondents are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,742 - $84,384
$43K
$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,968
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$15.00 - $33.91
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MEDIAN: $22.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,742 - $84,384  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,808  
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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$40,778 - $85,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $33.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.55  
Overtime
$23.34 - $45.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,112  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,808  
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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$40,778 - $85,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213

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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

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

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


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Environmental Health & Safety Specialists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Environmental Health & Safety Director. The latter position pays an average of $105K annually. 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 $16K more on average, and the second group earns $3K more.

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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 Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, INVISTA, Inc., and The Boeing Company. 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. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kinder Morgan Inc., BASF Corporation, and INVISTA, Inc., where earnings of $83K, $77K, or $74K are standard for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $48K to just $68K — but CBRE Group offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $51K. Poet Biorefining, EBI Consulting, and Amazon.com Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $51K, $56K, and $58K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Emergency Response, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent, 10 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ergonomics, Microsoft Office, and Environmental Compliance. It is often found that people who know OSHA Compliance are also skilled in Safety Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Training. It is often found that people who know Environmental Compliance are also skilled in Regulatory Compliance.

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

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 804 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 418 salaries. An experienced Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 292 salaries. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,465

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

For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 18 percent greater than the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Oklahoma City Environmental Health & Safety Specialists earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 21 percent less in San Antonio and 9 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$59,000

▼8%

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

Project Management
▲40%

Emergency Response
▲10%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲6%




OSHA Compliance
▼0%

Safety Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$59,000

▼2%



Ergonomics
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 10%
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