Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salary (United States)

Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians in the United States typically take home $51,072 per year. Compensation ranges from $34,241 on the low end to $75,610 per year on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. In this field, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians are male. Most Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salary (?
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$36,944 - $75,041
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MEDIAN: $53,087
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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salary (?
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$12.35 - $32.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,944 - $75,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
Total Pay (?
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$34,241 - $75,610  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $32.74  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
   
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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$34,241 - $75,610  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians who transition into Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $22K per year. A typical promotion for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians is becoming Safety Managers or Construction Safety Managers, where they can expect an extra $9,262 or $13,327 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Beginning workers can expect to earn $48K starting out, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $57K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $61K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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National Average
$51,000
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For Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent) and Houston (+13 percent). Albuquerque is the lowest-paying area, 19 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

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Experienced
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$51,000
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Skills That Affect Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Training
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%
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