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Safety Director Salary

With just under three-fifths of Safety Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $114K per year and averages out to $68K annually. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Safety Directors spread between $41K and $114K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Safety Directors (84 percent) who took the survey are men. While roughly a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,241 - $109,258
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,466
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50%
90%

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$13.22 - $36.72
(Median)
$13
$20
$37
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,241 - $109,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,217  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $10,067  
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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$40,613 - $113,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,150
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $36.72  
   
Overtime
$17.60 - $48.48  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,217  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $10,067  
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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$40,613 - $113,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132

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Job Description for Safety Director

Safety directors are responsible for managing all health and safety program initiatives across their companies to maintain a safe, healthy workplace for all employees. This includes the development of a safety strategy and ownership of the departmental budget. They also manage all internal and external relationships as they relate to government requirements and internal policy compliance.

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Safety Director Tasks

  • Develop and implement safety strategies through training, inspections, and performance reviews.
  • Make recommendations for performance improvement, and collaborate with other department personnel in information management activities.
  • Assist and monitor projects across multiple facilities or locations.

Common Career Paths for Safety Director


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Safety Directors who go on to become Construction Safety Directors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Construction Safety Director, an upper-level role, pays $61K.

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Popular Skills for Safety Director


Safety Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Most people who know OSHA Compliance also know Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Director

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


Safety Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. Safety Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $78K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $85K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Safety Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+44 percent), Minneapolis (+36 percent), Houston (+35 percent), and Chicago (+34 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Safety Directors earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average.

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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Training Program Development
up arrow 1%

Training
0%

National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Training Management
up arrow 2%

DOT Compliance
up arrow 2%


Human Resources
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%