Industrial Hygienists in the United States pull down an average of $70K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Industrial Hygienists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Industrial Hygienists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,548 - $102,155
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$44K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,199
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$14.44 - $34.19
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$14
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$34
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,548 - $102,155  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$39,902 - $102,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $34.19  
   
Overtime
$17.13 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $11,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$39,902 - $102,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Though some Industrial Hygienists move into positions like Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer (where the average salary is $90K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $75K per year. Another common career choice for Industrial Hygienists is to move into a Safety Manager role. Typically, Safety Managers get paid $62K.

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Popular Skills for Industrial Hygienist


Industrial Hygienists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Industrial Hygiene, Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Industrial Hygiene are also skilled in Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Hygienist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $71K. On average, Industrial Hygienists make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $97K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,150

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With a pay rate for Industrial Hygienists that is 52 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Industrial Hygienists will also find cushy salaries in Richland (+48 percent), Albany (+30 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Industrial Hygienist's salary, with Pittsburgh Industrial Hygienists earning salaries that are 31 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Baton Rouge (29 percent lower) and Salt Lake City (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Industrial Hygienist Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Industrial Hygienist Salaries

Industrial Hygiene
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$66,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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