An average Industrial Hygienist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Industrial Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Industrial Hygienists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,131 - $101,955
$44K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,082
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$15.01 - $34.31
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MEDIAN: $21.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,131 - $101,955  
   
Bonus
$199.11 - $11,150  
Profit Sharing
$2,496  
Total Pay (?
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$40,217 - $102,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $34.31  
   
Overtime
$16.97 - $46.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$199.11 - $11,150  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,496  
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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$40,217 - $102,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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Job Description for Industrial Hygienist

An industrial hygienist is a specialist in evaluating workplaces and ensuring their safety for workers. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines industrial hygiene as “the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause workers’ injury or illness.”

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Industrial Hygienist Tasks

  • Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health and safety.
  • Conduct safety training and education programs, and demonstrate the use of safety equipment for new and current employees.
  • Collaborate with engineers and physicians to institute control measures for potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  • Inspect and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices, in order to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes and prevention.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Hygienist


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Industrial Hygienists who advance into the role of a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers on average earn $90K per year. Becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Industrial Hygienists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $75K. Another frequent advance is for Industrial Hygienists to assume an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist role; in this role, workers often earn $59K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Survey takers who work as Industrial Hygienists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Industrial Hygiene indicates knowledge of Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Industrial Hygienists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $71K. For Industrial Hygienists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $80K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $95K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,010

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With a pay rate for Industrial Hygienists that is 53 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richland (+48 percent), Houston (+17 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+1 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Industrial Hygienist's salary, with Baton Rouge Industrial Hygienists earning salaries that are 29 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and New York (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Industrial Hygienist

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries



OSHA Compliance
0%

National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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