Safety Engineer Salary

Safety Engineers in the United States take home approximately $72K annually on average. Overall cash earnings of Safety Engineers stretch from $49K near the bottom to $115K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Safety Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Safety Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,790 - $109,458
(Median)
$50K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,254
10%
50%
90%

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$14.97 - $65.44
(Median)
$15
$27
$65
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,790 - $109,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,579  
Profit Sharing
$607 - $12,000  
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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$49,500 - $115,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $65.44  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $73.41  
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
$0.00 - $11,579  
   
Profit Sharing
$607 - $12,000  
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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$49,500 - $115,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 who advance into the role of a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers on average earn $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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Safety Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include OSHA Compliance and Training. Regulatory Compliance and Safety Compliance are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

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


Safety Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Safety Engineers make a median salary of $88K. Safety Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,506

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

For those looking to make money, Safety Engineers in Huntsville enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Houston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$74,000

Training
up arrow 13%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 17%

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
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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