Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $60K per year on average. In the world of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $86K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,057 - $83,903
$43K
$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $60,214
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$15.01 - $33.51
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MEDIAN: $22.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,057 - $83,903  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,560  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,856  
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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$41,074 - $86,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $33.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.55  
Overtime
$23.03 - $46.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,560  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,856  
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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$41,074 - $86,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 199

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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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For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, progressing to an Environmental Health & Safety Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Environmental Health & Safety Director can earn $105K 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


Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, INVISTA, Inc., and The Boeing Company are all popular places to work. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Chevron Corporation, where the median salary comes to $83K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($60K) and those starting out ($112K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries at Kinder Morgan Inc. (+$83K), BASF Corporation (+$77K), and INVISTA, Inc. (+$74K).

Salaries are easily beat at CBRE Group, where median pay comes to just $51K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $48K and ending at $68K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Poet Biorefining ($51K), EBI Consulting ($56K), and General Electric Co (GE) ($60K).

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Ergonomics and Microsoft Office. People who know OSHA Compliance usually also know Safety Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Training. It is often found that people who know Environmental Compliance are also skilled 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $55K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists make a median salary of $71K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Environmental Health & Safety Specialist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,828

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

For those looking to make money, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+17 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in Oklahoma City make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Workers in Tampa and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries

▲31%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$60,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries

Project Management
▲39%

Emergency Response
▲10%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲5%






National Average
$60,000


▼2%


Ergonomics
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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