Industrial Hygienist Salary

Median pay for Industrial Hygienists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $69K per year. In the world of Industrial Hygienists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $44K and $106K. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Industrial Hygienists (67 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Industrial Hygienists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$46,582 - $103,224

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$14.76 - $38.24

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,582 - $103,224  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,903  
Profit Sharing
$406.45 - $15,319  
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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$43,662 - $105,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 719
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $38.24  
   
Overtime
$19.00 - $50.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,903  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.45 - $15,319  
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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$43,662 - $105,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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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 who transition into a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $90K per year. Going from Industrial Hygienist to Environmental Health & Safety Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $74K. Many others choose to work as Safety Managers, where pay is typically $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, Safety Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in 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 see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Industrial Hygienists in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Richland (+38 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Albany (+22 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Industrial Hygienists' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Industrial Hygienists in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 33 percent lower than the national average. Workers in New York and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (25 percent less and 22 percent less, 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 140 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 9%
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