Safety Director Salary
Slightly less than three-fifths of Safety Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $42K to $119K per year, and the average comes out to $73K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Directors bottoms out near $42K and approaches $119K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $19K from bonuses and almost $21K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Safety Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Safety Directors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$46,819 - $118,126|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $19,181|
|Profit Sharing||$1,237 - $20,578|
|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).)
|$42,272 - $119,014|
|Hourly Rate||$15.10 - $34.62|
|Overtime||$20.88 - $37.60|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $19,181|
|Profit Sharing||$1,237 - $20,578|
|Total Pay (||$42,272 - $119,014|
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.Read More...
Day-to-day activities include maintaining a culture of safety through the development of systems, policies and procedures to prevent injuries, hazardous activities or risky behaviors. Ensuring that the safety programs in place are correctly implemented and monitored on an ongoing basis to track their effectiveness is another prime responsibility for this role. Safety directors also work directly with various departments within the company to manage training and coordinate departmental representatives for emergency drills. As such, effective communication is essential for safety directors.
In addition, safety directors also work with individual departments to coordinate business resiliency/continuity planning to mitigate impact to operations when disasters or any mission critical-impact event occurs. This requires the creation of protocols and ongoing training and preparation work to ensure planning and processes are in place and always up to date. Safety directors will also work with various government agencies (local, regional or national, as applicable) to maintain compliance with all safety regulations. Furthermore, they are responsible for staying up to date on the constantly evolving laws and best practices in the field, and communicating such changes within their organizations.
The educational requirements for safety directors can vary from company to company. In general, an associate's or bachelor’s degree is required in addition to demonstrated organizational, teamwork, leadership and interpersonal/communication skills in the safety field. Professional certifications or the willingness/ability to acquire certifications is often also preferred.
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.
Popular Skills for Safety Director
Survey results show that Safety Directors use a fair number of skills. 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 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources, Safety, and DOT Compliance. Those familiar with OSHA Compliance also tend to know Training Program Development.
Pay by Experience Level for Safety Director
Pay by Experience for a Safety Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Safety Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 297 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Safety Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 289 salaries. An experienced Safety Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 416 salaries. A Safety Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 215 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, Safety Directors in Miami enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 70 percent above the national average. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+36 percent), Philadelphia (+36 percent), Charlotte (+34 percent), and Detroit (+33 percent). Safety Directors in Columbus earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.
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