Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Median pay for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $60K per year. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists spread between $40K and $86K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and geographic location are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$41,240 - $83,478
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,721
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$15.32 - $35.14
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,240 - $83,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,073  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,400  
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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$40,153 - $86,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $35.14  
   
Overtime
$21.08 - $50.49  
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 - $9,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $8,400  
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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$40,153 - $86,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Environmental Health & Safety Director, where median compensation is $103K annually. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists typically move into roles as Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers, and those positions pay $15K more and $1K more, respectively.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Job Listings

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


Environmental Health & Safety Specialists fill the offices of leading firms The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, and BASF Corporation. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in search of the best pay head to Chevron Corporation, where the median salary rolls in at $81K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $103K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $62K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $48K to just $67K — but CBRE Group offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $51K.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results show that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hygiene, Training Program Development, Emergency Response, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. 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 many Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+9 percent), New York (+6 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Washington and St. Louis.

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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OSHA Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Environmental 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 326 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 6%