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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salary

The average Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $53K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$37,551 - $76,449
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $53,163
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$12.50 - $31.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,551 - $76,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
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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$34,296 - $76,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $31.05  
   
Overtime
$18.03 - $48.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,848  
   
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).
)
$34,296 - $76,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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Job Description for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician

An occupational health or safety specialist technician is responsible for gathering and analyzing data regarding safety and health conditions in the workplace. They work with health and safety specialists in conducting tests and evaluating hazards to help workers avoid injury in the workplace and also to avoid damage to property, the environment, and the public at large. The occupational health or safety specialist technician spends their time looking for a variety of biological, radiological, chemical, or physical hazards. They can expect to work in a variety of environments, ranging from offices to factories to outside work locations such as lumberyards and logging operations. Ability to travel is essential, as they may be assigned to inspect locations located over a wide geographical area.

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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Tasks

  • Manage paperwork including workman’s compensation, disability and return to work programs.
  • Maintain medical surveillance programs.

Common Career Paths for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians sometimes become Environmental Health & Safety Managers, where the average income is $74K per year. A common career progression for an Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician is to become a Safety Manager or an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist. Compared to Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Training and OSHA Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. For Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Training
up arrow 8%


National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 16%