Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (United States)

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $106,026) surpassing six figures annually. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all employees enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to most. The vast majority of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors (81 percent) are men. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (?
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$58,924 - $145,489
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MEDIAN: $100,307
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary (?
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$13.74 - $53.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,924 - $145,489  
   
Bonus
$519 - $29,464  
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $19,750  
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$57,995 - $162,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,143
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$13.74 - $53.96  
   
Overtime
$14.55 - $46.98  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$519 - $29,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,445 - $19,750  
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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$57,995 - $162,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

An environmental health and safety (EHS) director ensures that the health, safety, and environmental impact policies of their employer are being successfully implemented. This is a managerial position largely carried out in an office environment, though EHS directors regularly tour facilities to personally inspect operations and communicate with different departments. EHS directors are needed in all manner of industrial and manufacturing operations, as well as in government jobs and hospitals. Any organization that employs a significant number of people likely has an environmental health & safety department.
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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Tasks
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and corporate environmental, health and safety regulations.
  • Modify and implement compliance tracking programs and record keeping systems.
  • Develop environmental policies and practices.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Survey results imply that Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Environmental Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training. Most people skilled in Environmental Compliance are similarly competent in Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Beginning workers can expect to earn $66K starting out, which grows to $84K after five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $106K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $124K annually. The largest number of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$106,000
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Also paying near the top of the field are Atlanta, Denver, Charlotte, and Houston, where Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Directors annually earn 26 percent, 24 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent more than the national average. Fort Worth is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Tampa and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -6 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries

National Average
$106,000

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

Regulatory Compliance
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$106,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 292 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%