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Industrial Hygienist Salary

Median pay for Industrial Hygienists in the United States is around $70K annually. Total cash compensation for Industrial Hygienists runs from $43K to $106K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Industrial Hygienists who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 67 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Industrial Hygienists. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,818 - $103,662
(Median)
$47K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,722
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$14.83 - $35.65
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$15
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,818 - $103,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,826  
Profit Sharing
$404.52 - $16,000  
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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$43,397 - $105,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $35.65  
   
Overtime
$19.84 - $50.73  
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 - $9,826  
   
Profit Sharing
$404.52 - $16,000  
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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$43,397 - $105,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer. The average Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer brings home $90K per year. The most common career progression for Industrial Hygienists leads to becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager, where average pay is $74K annually. However, many Industrial Hygienists also opt to become Safety Managers. Typically, a Safety Manager brings home $61K.

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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 between 3 percent and 10 percent. Most people skilled in Industrial Hygiene are similarly competent in Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Industrial Hygienists. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $70K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $80K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Industrial Hygienists, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richland (+31 percent), Albany (+22 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Washington (+16 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Industrial Hygienists is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Denver (22 percent lower and 20 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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Industrial Hygiene
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National Average
$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 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
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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