Industrial Hygienist Salary

The average Industrial Hygienist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Industrial Hygienists approaches anywhere from $43K on the lower end to $105K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $17K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Industrial Hygienists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Industrial Hygienists (69 percent) survey respondents. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$46,602 - $103,272
(Median)
$47K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,057
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$15.16 - $34.93
(Median)
$15
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,602 - $103,272  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
Profit Sharing
$400.89 - $16,638  
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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$43,003 - $104,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 770
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.16 - $34.93  
   
Overtime
$16.72 - $50.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.89 - $16,638  
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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$43,003 - $104,816  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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

  • 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.
  • Collaborate with engineers and physicians to institute control measures for potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Hygienist


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At the upper end, Industrial Hygienists who move into a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers is a much higher $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 a Safety Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $62K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Job skills reported by Industrial Hygienists are limited. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Safety Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Industrial Hygiene also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

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


Industrial Hygienists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. On average, Industrial Hygienists make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $94K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,067

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For Industrial Hygienists, Richland provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and San Jose (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists have considerably lower salaries, 33 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Baton Rouge and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (31 percent less and 25 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries


Safety Compliance
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National Average
$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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