Median pay for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians in the United States is around $55K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians who answered the questionnnaire. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,729 - $76,904
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $54,922
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$12.68 - $30.83
(Median)
$13
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,729 - $76,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,554  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$33,231 - $77,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.68 - $30.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.06  
Overtime
$17.59 - $45.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,554  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$33,231 - $77,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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It's not very common for Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians to move on to become Environmental Health & Safety Managers. Average pay for an Environmental Health & Safety Manager is $75K annually. Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians typically move into roles as Safety Managers or Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, and those positions pay $11K more and $8K more, respectively.

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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $59K in this role. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technicians report making only $58K on average.

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Experience Affects Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Salaries

Training
up arrow 9%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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