Safety Director Salary

Just below three-fifths of Safety Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $113K per year, but median earnings come to around $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. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While roughly one in five report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. There are far more male Safety Directors survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. Most Safety Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$43,491 - $108,040
(Median)
$43K
$68K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,377
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$13.30 - $36.40
(Median)
$13
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,491 - $108,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,893  
Profit Sharing
$488.32 - $9,955  
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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$40,660 - $112,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $36.40  
   
Overtime
$17.55 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,893  
   
Profit Sharing
$488.32 - $9,955  
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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$40,660 - $112,615  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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 report using a wide range of professional 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Human Resources and Safety Compliance. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Safety Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. 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 see a median salary of $79K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Safety Directors in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+36 percent), Pittsburgh (+36 percent), Seattle (+31 percent), and Chicago (+30 percent). Safety Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Safety Directors in Columbus bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower 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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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