Safety Director Salary

Safety Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Safety Directors. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $113K per year, but expected earnings average $69K per year. Total cash earnings of Safety Directors range from $41K on the low end to $113K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $16K and $10K, respectively. Location and tenure 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. Men account for the majority of Safety Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,454 - $108,827
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$44K
$69K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,959
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$13.39 - $35.00
(Median)
$13
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,454 - $108,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,626  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$40,869 - $113,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $35.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.50  
Overtime
$17.81 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,626  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $9,933  
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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$40,869 - $113,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Safety Directors who go on to become Environmental Health & Safety Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Environmental Health & Safety Directors is $104K annually.

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Popular Skills for Safety Director


Survey results imply that Safety Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Training Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources and Safety 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $52K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. Safety Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $79K. 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 $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,386

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Safety Directors, 37 percent higher than the national average. Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+33 percent), Phoenix (+32 percent), Houston (+28 percent), and Chicago (+27 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Kansas City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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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Experience Affects Safety Director Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries

Training Management
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Training Program Development
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
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Training
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DOT Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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