Industrial Hygienist Salary

Industrial Hygienists in the United States take home approximately $70K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Male Industrial Hygienists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Industrial Hygienists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,137 - $103,344
$44K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,232
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50%
90%

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$14.94 - $34.61
$15
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $21.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,137 - $103,344  
   
Bonus
$201.80 - $10,125  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Total Pay (?
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$40,624 - $102,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.94 - $34.61  
   
Overtime
$16.72 - $48.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.80 - $10,125  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$40,624 - $102,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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

  • 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.
  • Collaborate with engineers and physicians to institute control measures for potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Industrial Hygienist


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Though it's uncommon, some Industrial Hygienists move into roles as Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, where pay is an average $90K per year. Becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Industrial Hygienists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $75K. Another frequent advance is for Industrial Hygienists to assume an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist role; in this role, workers often earn $59K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Survey results show that Industrial Hygienists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in OSHA Compliance, Safety Compliance, Industrial Hygiene, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Industrial Hygiene also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

Pay by Experience for an Industrial Hygienist has a positive trend. An entry-level Industrial Hygienist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 290 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Industrial Hygienist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 151 salaries. An experienced Industrial Hygienist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 123 salaries. An Industrial Hygienist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 75 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,669

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Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Industrial Hygienists, 53 percent higher than the national average. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Albany (+29 percent), Houston (+14 percent), San Jose (+13 percent), and Richland (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Industrial Hygienists is geography, with workers in Baton Rouge earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. New York and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Industrial Hygienist

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries

▲44%

▲21%

▲6%

National Average
$66,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%
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