Safety Engineer Salary

Pay for Safety Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $72K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Engineers approaches anywhere from $49K on the lower end to $115K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $11K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. While geography and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Male Safety Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Safety Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,333 - $109,075
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,889
10%
50%
90%

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$15.10 - $66.24
(Median)
$15
$28
$66
MEDIAN: $28.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,333 - $109,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,150  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $10,414  
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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$49,176 - $115,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $66.24  
   
Overtime
$22.61 - $70.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,150  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $10,414  
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).
)
$49,176 - $115,467  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for Safety Engineer

A safety engineer works to design new procedures, equipment, and guidelines to maintain and promote the safety of industrial workers. Typically, a safety engineer works in a manufacturing plant or with an insurance company, government agency, or consulting firm. A safety engineer is responsible for identifying and remedying potential safety and work hazard problems before they occur. They try to minimize the occurrence of failures and ensure that any failures that occur are not life-threatening.

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Safety Engineer Tasks

  • Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.
  • Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
  • Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.

Common Career Paths for Safety Engineer


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There are some Safety Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, where earnings are an average $90K annually. The most common promotion for Safety Engineers is Environmental Health & Safety Manager, a position that typically pays $74K annually. Another standard transition for Safety Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Safety Manager role, where pay is often $61K.

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Job skills reported by Safety Engineers are limited. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include OSHA Compliance and Training. Competency in Regulatory Compliance frequently indicates knowledge of Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Safety Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Safety Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $90K. Safety Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Safety Engineers, New York provides a pay rate that is 34 percent greater than the national average. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Detroit (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Training
up arrow 13%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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