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Safety Director Salary

Safety Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $113K per year, median earnings come to $68K per year. In the world of Safety Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $113K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in five claim no health benefits at all. There are far more male Safety Directors survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Most Safety Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$43,347 - $108,655
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,333
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50%
90%

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$13.17 - $36.34
(Median)
$13
$20
$36
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
$43,347 - $108,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,607  
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $10,045  
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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$40,654 - $113,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203
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
$13.17 - $36.34  
   
Overtime
$17.43 - $46.81  
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 - $15,607  
   
Profit Sharing
$483.39 - $10,045  
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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$40,654 - $113,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138

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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Training Management, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Those educated in OSHA Compliance tend to be well versed in Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $52K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Safety Directors make a median salary of $78K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Safety Directors, 49 percent higher than the national average. Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+41 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), Houston (+34 percent), and Seattle (+30 percent). Safety Directors in Columbus report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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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 Management
up arrow 2%

Training Program Development
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 1%

DOT Compliance
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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