Industrial Hygienist Salary

The average Industrial Hygienist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Industrial Hygienists can bottom out near $43K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Industrial Hygienists (67 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Industrial Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,582 - $103,221
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,288
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$14.79 - $38.13
(Median)
$15
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,582 - $103,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
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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$43,421 - $105,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 719
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $38.13  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $50.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
   
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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$43,421 - $105,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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As Industrial Hygienists transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers earn $90K on average per year. As Industrial Hygienists progress in their field, many go on to become Environmental Health & Safety Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $74K per year. Another common career choice for Industrial Hygienists is to move into a Safety Manager role. Typically, Safety Managers get paid $61K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Industrial Hygienists report a narrow range of specific 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. Those familiar with Industrial Hygiene also tend to know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

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


Industrial Hygienists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $70K. Industrial Hygienists see a median salary of $80K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $91K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Industrial Hygienists, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richland (+39 percent), Albany (+23 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Houston (+17 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Industrial Hygienists in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. Employers in New York and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (25 percent lower and 22 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 144 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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