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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $60K per year. Total cash earnings of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists range from $40K on the low end to $86K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $9K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by career length and geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,392 - $83,288
(Median)
$41K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $59,674
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$15.36 - $34.81
(Median)
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,392 - $83,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,078  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,744  
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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$40,246 - $86,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,693
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.36 - $34.81  
   
Overtime
$20.96 - $49.28  
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 - $9,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $9,744  
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).
)
$40,246 - $86,149  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 233

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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. 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 $15K and $2K higher per year.

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


The Boeing Company, Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, and BASF Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists. Chevron Corporation pays the most with a median salary of $81K, though there is little variation overall ($62K to $103K).

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.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hygiene, Emergency Response, Regulatory Compliance, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those familiar with Environmental Compliance also tend to know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Pittsburgh (+5 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 17 percent below the national average. 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
up arrow 6%


OSHA Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Environmental Compliance
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Training
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Microsoft Office
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Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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