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 $42K to $117K per year and averages out to $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Safety Directors ranges from $42K on the lower end to $117K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $19K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (81 percent) of Safety Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Safety Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,529 - $115,545
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MEDIAN: $72,824
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$14.54 - $31.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,529 - $115,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,235  
Profit Sharing
$1,231 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
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$42,119 - $116,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 893
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $31.29  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $36.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,231 - $19,727  
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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$42,119 - $116,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Safety Director


Survey results suggest that Safety Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Training Management, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources, DOT Compliance, and Training. The majority of those 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Safety Directors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $53K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. On average, Safety Directors make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,505

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Safety Directors, Miami provides a pay rate that is 73 percent greater than the national average. Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+56 percent), Charlotte (+42 percent), New York (+38 percent), and Philadelphia (+38 percent).

Safety Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Safety Director?

Safety Director in Oklahoma City:
Pros: Good opportunities to network with other safety professionals. Ability to mandate what new training and policies are put into effect.
Cons: Long hours in the field. Sometimes gone during holidays and anniversaries.

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Key Stats for Safety Director

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries




Training Management
up arrow 5%


National Average
$71,000



DOT Compliance
up arrow 7%

Human Resources
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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