Industrial Hygienist Salary

For Industrial Hygienists, annual average wages total $69K per year. Final cash compensation to Industrial Hygienists varies from around $44K to approximately $105K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $15K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Industrial Hygienists (67 percent) survey respondents are male. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Industrial Hygienists report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$46,671 - $103,247
(Median)
$47K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $69,481
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$14.81 - $38.05
(Median)
$15
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,671 - $103,247  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,872  
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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$43,548 - $105,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 718
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $38.05  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $50.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,872  
   
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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$43,548 - $105,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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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At the upper end, Industrial Hygienists who move into a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers is a much higher $90K per year. Going from Industrial Hygienist to Environmental Health & Safety Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $74K. Many others choose to work as Safety Managers, where pay is typically $61K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Industrial Hygienists report a focused set 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 4 percent and 10 percent. For most people, competency in Industrial Hygiene indicates knowledge of 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. Industrial Hygienists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $80K. Industrial Hygienists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $92K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Industrial Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Richland (+38 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Albany (+22 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Industrial Hygienists in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in New York and Chicago (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


Industrial Hygiene
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Safety Compliance
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National Average
$68,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 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
23%
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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