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Safety Engineer Salary

Safety Engineers in the United States take home approximately $73K annually on average. Overall incomes of Safety Engineers generally bottom out at around $49K and peak near $116K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $11K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, 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. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of Safety Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,126 - $110,344
(Median)
$49K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,555
10%
50%
90%

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$15.55 - $63.02
(Median)
$16
$27
$63
MEDIAN: $27.00
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
$49,126 - $110,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,837  
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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$49,061 - $116,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 457
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.55 - $63.02  
   
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 - $10,837  
   
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).
)
$49,061 - $116,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 do not often transition into Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer roles. The role averages $90K per year. Moving from a Safety Engineer to Environmental Health & Safety Manager or Safety Manager is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Safety Engineer


Safety Engineers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include OSHA Compliance and 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.


Safety Engineers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Safety Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Safety Engineers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+33 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Detroit (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Minneapolis, 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

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 1%

National Average
$74,000

Training
up arrow 13%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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