Safety Director Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Safety Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Safety Directors is $69K per year and can range from $41K on the lower end to $113K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Safety Directors can bottom out near $41K or peak near $113K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Safety Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Most Safety Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$44,454 - $108,827
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$44K
$69K
$110K
MEDIAN: $68,959
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$13.39 - $35.00
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$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,454 - $108,827  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,626  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $9,933  
Commission
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$40,869 - $113,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,500
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $35.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$7.50  
Overtime
$17.81 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,626  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$498.89 - $9,933  
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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$40,869 - $113,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Safety Directors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Environmental Health & Safety Director. The average Environmental Health & Safety Director brings home $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Safety Director


Safety Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Training Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, 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. 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.


For many Safety Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $65K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Safety Directors make a median salary of $79K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $82K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,386

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Safety Directors, 37 percent above the national average. Safety Directors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+33 percent), Phoenix (+32 percent), Houston (+28 percent), and Chicago (+27 percent). Kansas City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average.

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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
$67,000



Skills That Affect Safety Director Salaries

Training Management
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Training Program Development
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Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$67,000

OSHA Compliance
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Training
up arrow 2%

DOT Compliance
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Human Resources
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

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