Industrial Hygienist Salary

For Industrial Hygienists, annual average wages total $70K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Industrial Hygienists report 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. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,786 - $101,570
$44K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,886
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$15.01 - $34.77
$15
$22
$35
MEDIAN: $21.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,786 - $101,570  
   
Bonus
$203.22 - $10,040  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,401 - $102,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 410
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$16.72 - $48.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$203.22 - $10,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$40,401 - $102,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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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Though some Industrial Hygienists move into positions like Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer (where the average salary is $90K), this progression is not the norm. 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


Industrial Hygienists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in OSHA Compliance, Safety Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, and Risk Management / Risk Control 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $69K. Industrial Hygienists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $79K. 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: $66,085

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For those looking to make money, Industrial Hygienists in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Albany (+29 percent), Houston (+13 percent), San Jose (+12 percent), and Richland (+10 percent). Industrial Hygienists in Baton Rouge take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Denver (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Industrial Hygienist

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries

▲43%

▲20%

▲5%

National Average
$66,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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