Safety Director Salary

Safety Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than three-fifths of Safety Directors. Salaries average out to around $68K annually and spread from $41K to $112K per year. Cash earnings for Safety Directors — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $112K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Safety Directors is high. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Men account for the majority of Safety Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$43,488 - $107,419
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,260
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$13.31 - $36.32
(Median)
$13
$19
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,488 - $107,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,480  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $9,978  
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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$40,548 - $111,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $36.32  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $45.70  
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 - $15,480  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $9,978  
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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$40,548 - $111,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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 transition into an upper level Construction Safety Director position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Construction Safety Director makes $61K a year.

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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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Those proficient in OSHA Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Training Program Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Director

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


For many Safety Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. For Safety Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $84K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Safety Directors in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+37 percent), Minneapolis (+34 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), and Chicago (+31 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Safety Director's salary, with Columbus Safety Directors earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries


Regulatory Compliance
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Training Management
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National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
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Training Program Development
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Training
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DOT Compliance
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%
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