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Industrial Hygienist Salary

For Industrial Hygienists, yearly average wages total $68K annually. 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 $105K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. For the most part, Industrial Hygienists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Industrial Hygienists (68 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$45,493 - $102,985
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MEDIAN: $68,349
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$14.75 - $37.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,493 - $102,985  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,721  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $16,483  
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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$42,672 - $105,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 709
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $37.89  
   
Overtime
$20.38 - $50.42  
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 - $9,721  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $16,483  
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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$42,672 - $105,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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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As Industrial Hygienists transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers on average earn $90K per year. 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 $74K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Industrial Hygienists is a Safety Manager position, where earnings are usually $61K.

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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, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Compliance, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Industrial Hygienists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $81K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Industrial Hygienists, Richland offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+17 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and Corpus Christi (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Industrial Hygienist's salary, with Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists earning salaries that are 32 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 27 percent less in Baton Rouge and 20 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries




OSHA Compliance
0%

National Average
$67,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%