Industrial Hygienist Salary

Average Industrial Hygienists in the United States make around $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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Industrial Hygienists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Industrial Hygienists who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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Industrial Hygienists may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer, where median compensation is $90K annually. An Environmental Health & Safety Manager role is the most common promotion for Industrial Hygienists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $75K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Industrial Hygienists is a Safety Manager position, where earnings are usually $62K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Survey results show that Industrial Hygienists typically report just a few professional skills. 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 who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $70K. Industrial Hygienists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $78K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $94K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,067

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Richland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Industrial Hygienists, 38 percent above 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). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists earning much less — 33 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baton Rouge and New York (31 percent lower and 25 percent lower, 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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