Safety Director Salary

With just under three-fifths of Safety Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $112K per year and averages out to $69K per year. Cash earnings for Safety Directors — including $16K 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. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more male Safety Directors survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. While one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$43,625 - $107,419

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$13.37 - $35.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,625 - $107,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,525  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $10,000  
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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$40,520 - $111,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,290
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.37 - $35.97  
   
Overtime
$17.63 - $45.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $10,000  
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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$40,520 - $111,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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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For Safety Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Safety Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Construction Safety Director.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Most people who know OSHA Compliance also know 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. 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 $65K. Safety Directors bring in $79K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $84K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Safety Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+34 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), and Chicago (+30 percent). Safety Directors in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 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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Training Program Development
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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 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

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