Industrial Hygienist Salary (United States)

Industrial Hygienists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $66,170 annually. Compensation generally starts at $42,494 and does not exceed $105,267 per year. Overall cash income ranges from $45,230 near the bottom to $102,781) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $9,674 from bonuses and $14,426 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residency and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and a majority have vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Industrial Hygienists who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Industrial Hygienist Salary (?
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$45,230 - $102,781
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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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For Industrial Hygienists, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Senior Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $23K annually than those further down the career ladder. The most common promotion for Industrial Hygienists, an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager position brings in an extra $7,281 annually. Another standard transition for Industrial Hygienists seeking advancement is to assume a Safety Manager role, where pay often drops by $5,837.

Industrial Hygienist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist

Industrial Hygienists typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Most people skilled in Industrial Hygiene are similarly competent in OSHA Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Industrial Hygienists. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, pay rises to approximately $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. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Industrial Hygienists encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $100K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 17 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

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. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists earning much less—31 percent less—than the national average. Employers pay around -20 percent in Denver and -19 percent in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries

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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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