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Industrial Hygienist Salary (United States)

Industrial Hygienists in the United States can typically expect wages of $68K annually. In the world of Industrial Hygienists, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $105K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most Industrial Hygienists (68 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Industrial Hygienist Salary (?
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$45,230 - $102,781
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MEDIAN: $67,831
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Industrial Hygienist Salary (?
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$14.85 - $36.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,230 - $102,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $14,426  
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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$42,494 - $105,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $36.44  
   
Overtime
$19.64 - $49.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $14,426  
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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$42,494 - $105,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Industrial Hygienists who advance to upper-end positions like Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer. Median pay for Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers is $89K per year. The most common career progression for Industrial Hygienists leads to becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager, where average pay is $73K annually. However, many Industrial Hygienists also opt to become Safety Managers. Typically, a Safety Manager brings home $60K.

Industrial Hygienist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist

Industrial Hygienists note just a narrow range 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 of 13 percent, 7 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Industrial Hygiene are also skilled in OSHA Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Industrial Hygienists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $68K. Industrial Hygienists see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $92K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; slightly more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-sixth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$66,000
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For those looking to make money, Industrial Hygienists in Richland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Francisco, Washington, Houston, and San Jose, top-paying cities where Industrial Hygienists see paychecks higher than average (+26 percent, +19 percent, +13 percent, and +12 percent). Industrial Hygienists in Pittsburgh make 31 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Chicago (20 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries

OSHA Compliance
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National Average
$66,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
32%
female alumni
 
Male
68%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%