The average Environmental Health & Safety Specialist in the United States earns approximately $60K annually. Cash earnings for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists — including $10K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $86K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career duration and location have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$42,909 - $83,806
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$43K
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MEDIAN: $60,067
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$15.06 - $33.63
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,909 - $83,806  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,606  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,634  
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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$41,248 - $86,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $33.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.55  
Overtime
$22.81 - $48.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,606  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $7,634  
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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$41,248 - $86,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Environmental Health & Safety Director. The average Environmental Health & Safety Director brings home $104K per year. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists typically move into roles as Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers, and those positions pay $15K more and $2K more, respectively.

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


Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, INVISTA, Inc., and The Boeing Company 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. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Kinder Morgan Inc., BASF Corporation, and INVISTA, Inc., top-paying firms where Environmental Health & Safety Specialists rake in a comfortable $83K, $77K, or $74K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at CBRE Group — median pay is $51K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $48K and only reaching $68K. Workers at Poet Biorefining, EBI Consulting, and General Electric Co (GE) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $51K, $56K, and $60K respectively.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey takers working as Environmental Health & Safety Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. 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 39 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ergonomics and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Environmental Compliance are also skilled in Regulatory Compliance. Those who learned OSHA Compliance also tend to know Safety Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Training.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $77K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,821

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Raleigh and 3 percent less in New York, 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 39%

Emergency Response
up arrow 10%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 5%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Training Program Development
up arrow 4%

Industrial Hygiene
up arrow 2%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Ergonomics
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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