Safety Consultants in the United States can expect wages of $60K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Safety Consultants are male. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Safety Consultants. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,886 - $105,432
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MEDIAN: $59,914
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$14.12 - $76.30
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$39,886 - $105,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,101  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$36,251 - $120,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $76.30  
   
Overtime
$19.82 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$36,251 - $120,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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Job Description for Safety Consultant

Safety consultants work in the industrial safety and health field; they may work in factories, construction sites, medical facilities, schools, and other large facilities that house potential human dangers. The duties of a safety consultant include inspecting machinery and safety gear to ensure their proper operation and workers' protection, as well as presenting safety information to employees and management. They are also in charge of applying knowledge related to industrial workplace hazards and accident prevention in their workplace and communicating with external resources such as hospitals, local fire departments, and rescue teams so that the proper emergency personnel are available in case of an accident.

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Safety Consultant Tasks

  • Investigate specific incidents and complaints to identify improvement strategies.
  • Provide risk assessments and training to reduce risk in various workplaces.
  • Inspect sites and identify potential OSHA and safety hazards, documenting recommendations.
  • Lead workshops and interventions to improve safety behaviors and equipment usage.

Common Career Paths for Safety Consultant


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It's not very common for Safety Consultants to move on to become Environmental Health & Safety Managers. Average pay for an Environmental Health & Safety Manager is $75K annually. However, Safety Consultants typically graduate to Safety Managers or Construction Safety Directors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Safety Consultant

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


For many Safety Consultants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $52K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. On average, Safety Consultants make $78K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $98K.

Safety Consultant Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Safety Consultant in Kansas City:
"Difficulty Getting Unions and Management on the same page."
Listen to employees and coach them to find a solution to their safety issues. More the ownership to the worker so you are not viewed as the "safety police."

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Experience Affects Safety Consultant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 59%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Safety Consultant Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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