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Industrial Hygienist Salary

Industrial Hygienists in the United States take home an average $69K annually. In the world of Industrial Hygienists, total cash compensation can vary between $43K and $106K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $16K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Industrial Hygienists who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,525 - $103,956
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,473
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$14.47 - $36.84
(Median)
$14
$20
$37
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$46,525 - $103,956  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,817  
Profit Sharing
$403.59 - $16,380  
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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$43,194 - $105,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $36.84  
   
Overtime
$19.70 - $50.21  
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 - $9,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$403.59 - $16,380  
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).
)
$43,194 - $105,861  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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. 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


Job skills reported by Industrial Hygienists are limited. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Industrial Hygiene, Safety Compliance, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $81K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $93K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Industrial Hygienists that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Industrial Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Richland (+32 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Albany (+19 percent), and Washington (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 33 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (21 percent lower) and Denver (20 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$68,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries


Industrial Hygiene
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Safety Compliance
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OSHA Compliance
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National Average
$68,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%