Industrial Hygienist Salary (United States)

Industrial Hygienists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $66,170 per year. Compensation ranges from $42,494 on the low end to $105,267 per year on the high end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Most Industrial Hygienists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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Salary
$45,230 - $102,781  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,674  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $14,426  
Total Pay (?
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$42,494 - $105,267  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 694
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Industrial Hygienists may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Senior Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer can offer an extra $23K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager role is the most common promotion for Industrial Hygienists moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $7,281 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Industrial Hygienists is a Safety Manager position, where earnings actually go down by $5,837.

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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. The majority of those who know Industrial Hygiene also know OSHA Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

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In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $55K, which grows to $68K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $80K. As Industrial Hygienists reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $100K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth 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 17 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$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. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Washington, Houston, and San Jose, where Industrial Hygienists annually earn 26 percent, 19 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. Industrial Hygienists in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 31 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (-20 percent) and Chicago (-19 percent).

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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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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%
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