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Safety Engineer Salary

Pay for Safety Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $73K per year. The range in cash compensation to Safety Engineers ($48K to $116K) includes potential earnings of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$49,150 - $109,773
(Median)
49K
73K
92K
110K
MEDIAN: $72,711
10%
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90%

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$13.35 - $45.98
(Median)
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25
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,150 - $109,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,429  
Profit Sharing
$597 - $10,137  
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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$48,177 - $115,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 438
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $45.98  
   
Overtime
$19.97 - $67.87  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,429  
   
Profit Sharing
$597 - $10,137  
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).
)
$48,177 - $115,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
United States (change)

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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While Safety Engineers do not often become Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, the job pays $90K per year on average. More commonly, Safety Engineers become Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers.

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Popular Skills for Safety Engineer


Survey takers who work as Safety Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, and Training can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Safety Engineers make a median salary of $91K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


Safety Engineers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. Safety Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Detroit (+11 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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Training
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%