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.

$46,819 - $118,126
$47K
$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $73,321
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50%
90%

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$15.10 - $34.62
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$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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).
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$42,272 - $119,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 886
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $34.62  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $37.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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).
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$42,272 - $119,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128

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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.

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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

National Average: $71,711

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, 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.

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 177 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries

▲16%

▲14%

▲2%

National Average
$72,000

▼26%

Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries



Training Management
▲4%



National Average
$72,000


▼7%

DOT Compliance
▼8%

Safety
▼9%

Human Resources
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 19%
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