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Industrial Hygienist Salary

Industrial Hygienists in the United States can expect wages of $69K annually on average. Cash earnings for Industrial Hygienists — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $106K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Industrial Hygienists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Industrial Hygienists are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,667 - $104,022
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,442
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$14.55 - $35.79
(Median)
$15
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,667 - $104,022  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,802  
Profit Sharing
$403.59 - $16,380  
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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$43,286 - $105,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 718
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $35.79  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $50.73  
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 - $9,802  
   
Profit Sharing
$403.59 - $16,380  
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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$43,286 - $105,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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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For Industrial Hygienists, progressing to a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer can earn $90K annually. 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 $74K. Another frequent advance is for Industrial Hygienists to assume a Safety Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $61K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Industrial Hygienists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Safety Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. It is often found that people who know Industrial Hygiene are also skilled in 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $56K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. Industrial Hygienists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Industrial Hygienists, 49 percent higher than the national average. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richland (+32 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Albany (+19 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Industrial Hygienist's salary, with Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists earning salaries that are 33 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Denver (21 percent lower and 20 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries


Industrial Hygiene
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Safety Compliance
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OSHA Compliance
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National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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