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 $56K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,764 - $76,213
(Median)
$39K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,177
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$12.66 - $31.26
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,764 - $76,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,082  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$34,326 - $77,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $31.26  
   
Overtime
$17.58 - $46.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,082  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$34,326 - $77,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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While not commonly seen, Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians who transition into an Environmental Health & Safety Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Environmental Health & Safety Managers is $75K per year. The most common next step for an Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician is to become a Safety Manager or an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Training, OSHA Compliance, and Safety Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Safety Compliance. Experience with OSHA Compliance is often linked with knowledge of Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician

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


Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $57K. Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $62K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Training
up arrow 5%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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