Safety Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of Safety Directors. Pay fluctuates from $42K to $117K per year, but expected earnings average $72K annually. Overall cash earnings for Safety Directors vary widely between $42K and $117K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (82 percent) of Safety Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$46,889 - $114,625
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$47K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,127
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$14.61 - $33.40
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,889 - $114,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,590  
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$41,761 - $117,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 909
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $33.40  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $37.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,192 - $19,574  
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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$41,761 - $117,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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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While Safety Directors do not often become Environmental Health & Safety Directors, the job pays $104K per year on average.

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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, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources, DOT Compliance, and Training. 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.


Safety Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $70K. Safety Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $82K. Safety Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $85K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,974

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

For Safety Directors, Miami provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+34 percent), Atlanta (+33 percent), Charlotte (+31 percent), and New York (+29 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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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
$70,000



Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries


Training Management
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Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Training Program Development
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OSHA Compliance
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National Average
$70,000

Safety Compliance
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DOT Compliance
up arrow 6%

Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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