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Safety Director Salary

The majority of Safety Directors in the United States — slightly less than three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $41K to $113K per year, and the median is $68K annually. Overall cash earnings for Safety Directors stretch from $41K on the lower end to $113K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $16K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Safety Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Safety Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$43,325 - $108,336
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,412
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90%

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$13.20 - $36.22
(Median)
$13
$20
$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
$43,325 - $108,336  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,798  
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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$40,589 - $112,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $36.22  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $46.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,798  
   
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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$40,589 - $112,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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 seem to require a number of specific 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Those familiar with OSHA Compliance also tend to know 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $65K. Safety Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $78K. Safety Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+36 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), Houston (+34 percent), and Seattle (+31 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
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Training Management
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Training Program Development
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
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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 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: 21%
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