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Safety Engineer Salary

For Safety Engineers, yearly average wages total $73K annually. In the world of Safety Engineers, overall income ranges from $49K near the bottom to $116K at the top; this can include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Safety Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,103 - $109,935
(Median)
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,649
10%
50%
90%

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$15.72 - $57.50
(Median)
$16
$26
$58
MEDIAN: $26.00
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
$49,103 - $109,935  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$597 - $10,542  
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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$48,924 - $116,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 447
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.72 - $57.50  
   
Overtime
$22.67 - $69.53  
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 - $11,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$597 - $10,542  
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).
)
$48,924 - $116,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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 sometimes become Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, where the average income is $90K per year. More commonly, Safety Engineers become Environmental Health & Safety Managers or Safety Managers.

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Popular Skills for Safety Engineer


Safety Engineers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include OSHA Compliance and Training. Many workers who know Regulatory Compliance also know 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Safety Engineers that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Detroit (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Minneapolis.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Training
up arrow 10%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%