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Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salary

Median pay for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Geographic location 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. Most Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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 data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,500 - $76,724
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,600
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$13.12 - $31.09
(Median)
$13
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,500 - $76,724  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
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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$35,316 - $77,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $31.09  
   
Overtime
$17.21 - $45.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,961  
   
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).
)
$35,316 - $77,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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 $74K per year. Safety Managers or Environmental Health & Safety Specialists are common next-step roles for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Safety Managers is $9K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists.

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Survey takers who work as Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians typically report just a few professional skills. Training and OSHA Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $65K.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Training
up arrow 6%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 16%
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