Safety Engineer Salary

An average Safety Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K annually. Cash earnings for Safety Engineers — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $115K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Male Safety Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Safety Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,308 - $109,135
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,889
10%
50%
90%

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$15.05 - $66.59
(Median)
$15
$27
$67
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,308 - $109,135  
   
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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$49,141 - $115,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $66.59  
   
Overtime
$22.61 - $70.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$49,141 - $115,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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Safety Engineers do not often transition into Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer roles. The role averages $90K per year. An Environmental Health & Safety Manager role is the most common promotion for Safety Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $74K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Safety Engineers is a Safety Manager position, where earnings are usually $61K.

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Professional skills reported by Safety Engineers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include OSHA Compliance and Training. Employees educated in Regulatory Compliance are typically practiced in Safety Compliance, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Safety Engineers. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. On average, Safety Engineers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. Safety Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $101K.

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 (+33 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 39%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

Training
up arrow 12%

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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