Safety Engineer Salary (United States)

Safety Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73,148 annually. Pay begins at $47,124 on the low end and climbs to $114,070 per year near the top. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $10,443 and $10,213, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $48,763 or peak near $109,108. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Engineers. Most Safety Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Safety Engineer Salary (?
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$48,763 - $109,108
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MEDIAN: $72,075
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Safety Engineer Salary (?
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$13.35 - $44.18
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$48,763 - $109,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,443  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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$47,124 - $114,070  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $44.18  
   
Overtime
$19.97 - $67.87  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$596 - $10,213  
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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$47,124 - $114,070  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Safety Engineers who become Senior Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineers earn an extra $16,174 per year. More often, however, Safety Engineers go on to become Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Managers or Safety Managers.

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Popular Skills for Safety Engineer

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Safety Engineers who took the survey. Regulatory Compliance is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Experience with Regulatory Compliance is often linked with knowledge of Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $59K, which grows to $77K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $90K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Safety Engineers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $102K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Safety Engineers, 28 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington, where Safety Engineers typically earn around 27 percent, 22 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 12 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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