Safety Coordinator Salary
Job Description for Safety Coordinator
A safety coordinator supervises the safety of a company’s workers. Their role is a combination of understanding legal safety requirements and setting standards for the company's workforce. The coordinator’s knowledge is used to help train workers to understand safety procedures and requirements.Read More...
It is also their duty to monitor working conditions and ensure rules are being followed, using methods such as doing floor checks or quizzing employees about their knowledge of the rules. In the event of problems, it is the coordinator’s job to file reports so that the issues may be fixed. If it’s considered necessary, they may also coordinate random drug tests. Safety coordinators must also take precautions against emergencies by setting up response plans to deal with fires or other hazards, as well as by running drills to practice for such situations. They may also create, plan, and post informational signs about potential emergencies. The safety coordinator also must be open to receiving safety concerns or complaints from workers either in person or anonymously.
The training required for a safety coordinator varies depending on the coordinator's field or area of specialty; for example, there are differences in the machines which the coordinator must know how to maximize safety. Experience conducting trainings is typically preferred.
Safety Coordinator Tasks
- Supervise employee activities and inspect company equipment and property to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.
- Handle accident reports, make sure records are properly filed, and identify strategies for preventing future accidents.
- Conduct trainings informing employees of company health and safety plans and promoting safe practices.
- Develop company health and safety plans and policies, and manage programs that ensure safe working conditions.
Common Career Paths for Safety Coordinator
Safety Coordinators who go on to become Environmental Health & Safety Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Environmental Health & Safety Managers is $75K annually. The most common next step for a Safety Coordinator is to become a Safety Manager or a Safety Director. The former position pays an additional $15K per year on average, and the latter position pays $22K more per year.
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Popular Skills for Safety Coordinator
Safety Coordinators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Training Program Development, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Bilingual, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know OSHA Compliance are also skilled in Training.
Pay by Experience Level for Safety Coordinator
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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. Safety Coordinators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $62K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.
Pay Difference by Location
For Safety Coordinators, busy Charlotte offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Safety Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Austin (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).
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