Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $60K per year. 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 $7K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Men make up the majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists (63 percent) survey respondents. The majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well.

$42,887 - $83,493
$43K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,783
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$15.10 - $33.13
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $22.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$42,887 - $83,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,130  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,904  
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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$41,083 - $85,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $33.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.55  
Overtime
$22.73 - $46.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,130  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,904  
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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$41,083 - $85,525  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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 who transition into an Environmental Health & Safety Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $105K per year. It is quite typical for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists to transition into roles as Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers, where reported median earnings are $16K and $3K higher per year.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. Employees of Chevron Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $83K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $60K to $112K. Kinder Morgan Inc., BASF Corporation, and INVISTA, Inc. also offer top salaries for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $83K, $77K, and $74K, respectively.

CBRE Group offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $51K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $48K to $68K. Workers at Poet Biorefining, EBI Consulting, and Amazon.com Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $51K, $56K, and $58K respectively.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Ergonomics and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know OSHA Compliance also know Safety Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Training. 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists make a median salary of $71K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,371

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

Home to some of the best pay for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Atlanta (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist's salary, with Oklahoma City Environmental Health & Safety Specialists earning salaries that are 26 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (21 percent lower) and Tampa (9 percent lower).

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 191 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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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries

▲27%

▲19%

▲10%

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 191 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: 75%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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