Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

The average Environmental Health & Safety Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $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 years of experience 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. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 69 percent of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists are male.

$41,556 - $83,072
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$42K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,823
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$15.39 - $34.16
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$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,556 - $83,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,936  
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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$40,316 - $85,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,740
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.39 - $34.16  
   
Overtime
$21.36 - $48.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,936  
   
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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$40,316 - $85,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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 go on to become Environmental Health & Safety Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Environmental Health & Safety Directors is $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


Dominating the field, The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, and INVISTA, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. 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.

Pay for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists is the lowest at CBRE Group, which has a median salary of $51K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $68K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Environmental Health & Safety Specialists report using a wide range 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 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Risk Management / Risk Control. Those educated in Environmental Compliance tend to be well versed in 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.


For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, 17 percent above 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 (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Washington and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, 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

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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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$60,000

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
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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