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Safety Director Salary (United States)

Safety Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of Safety Directors. Salaries average out to around $68K annually and spread from $40K to $113K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Safety Directors spread between $40K and $113K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (84 percent) of Safety Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Safety Directors. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Safety Director Salary (?
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$42,566 - $108,444
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MEDIAN: $67,755
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Safety Director Salary (?
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$13.20 - $36.70
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,566 - $108,444  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,641  
Profit Sharing
$360.65 - $9,635  
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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$40,002 - $113,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,001
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $36.70  
   
Overtime
$17.43 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,641  
   
Profit Sharing
$360.65 - $9,635  
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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$40,002 - $113,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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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

Survey results show that Safety Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, Training Program Development, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Safety Compliance and Human Resources. 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.
For many Safety Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $52K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Safety Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $84K.

Pay Difference By Location

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St. Louis
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$67,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Safety Directors, 72 percent higher than the national average. Safety Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+40 percent), Minneapolis (+39 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), and Seattle (+34 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

Training Program Development
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Training
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National Average
$67,000
OSHA Compliance
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Training Management
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DOT Compliance
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Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 287 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%