Safety Director Salary

Safety Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $42K to $118K per year, median earnings come to $73K annually. Incomes of Safety Directors vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $19K cause paychecks to spread between $42K on the low end and $118K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Safety Directors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,578 - $116,573
$47K
$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,905
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$14.63 - $32.97
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$33
MEDIAN: $19.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,578 - $116,573  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,337  
Profit Sharing
$1,244 - $19,392  
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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$41,866 - $117,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $32.97  
   
Overtime
$20.58 - $36.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,337  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,244 - $19,392  
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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$41,866 - $117,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123

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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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, Safety, and DOT Compliance. Most people skilled in OSHA Compliance are similarly competent in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. Safety Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Safety Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $83K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,773

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

For those looking to make money, Safety Directors in Miami enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 72 percent above the national average. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Philadelphia (+38 percent), Charlotte (+35 percent), and Detroit (+34 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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 162 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries

▲18%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$71,000

▼25%

Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries



Training Management
▲5%



National Average
$71,000


▼5%

DOT Compliance
▼7%

Safety
▼8%

Human Resources
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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