Safety Engineer Salary

Earnings for Safety Engineers in the United States come in at around $70K annually on average. Total incomes of Safety Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $9K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $51K and $108K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by tenure and the specific company. The vast majority of Safety Engineers (80 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Safety Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,616 - $101,473
$51K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,310
10%
50%
90%

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$15.49 - $59.94
$15
$26
$60
MEDIAN: $25.60
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,616 - $101,473  
   
Bonus
$502 - $13,474  
Profit Sharing
$771 - $9,274  
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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$50,759 - $108,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $59.94  
   
Overtime
$22.98 - $56.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $13,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$771 - $9,274  
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).
)
$50,759 - $108,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Safety Engineer


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Though it's uncommon, some Safety Engineers move into roles as Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, where pay is an average $90K per year. The most common promotion for Safety Engineers is Environmental Health & Safety Manager, a position that typically pays $75K annually. Another standard transition for Safety Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Safety Manager role, where pay is often $62K.

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Bechtel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $64K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $79K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $84K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,100

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Safety Engineers that is 38 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Huntsville (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Safety Engineer's salary, with Chicago Safety Engineers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Minneapolis (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Safety Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Safety Engineer?

Safety Engineer in Denver:
`"$Cost of living has increased but city has lots to do."`
Pros: Plenty to offer from the mountains to the flat lands. Seasons throughout the year are great.
Cons: Current cost of living increase.

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Key Stats for Safety Engineer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

▲37%

▲18%

▲11%

National Average
$71,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲14%

Training Program Development
▲6%

OSHA Compliance
▲5%


Safety Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Ergonomics
▼3%

Training
▼10%

Industrial Hygiene
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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