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Safety Engineer Salary (United States)

Pay for Safety Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $72K annually. Overall cash earnings for Safety Engineers vary widely between $47K and $114K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Almost all workers report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Making up 76 percent of the field, male Safety Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Safety Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Safety Engineer Salary (?
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$48,763 - $109,108
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72K
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MEDIAN: $72,075
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Safety Engineer Salary (?
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$13.35 - $44.18
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,763 - $109,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,443  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $10,213  
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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$47,124 - $114,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $44.18  
   
Overtime
$19.97 - $67.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,443  
   
Profit Sharing
$596 - $10,213  
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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$47,124 - $114,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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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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It's not very common for Safety Engineers to move on to become Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers. Typical pay for a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer is $89K annually. 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 typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, and Training can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training. Regulatory Compliance and Safety Compliance are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Safety Engineers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $59K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $75K. On average, Safety Engineers make $90K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $102K on average. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$73,000
Denver
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With a pay rate for Safety Engineers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington, where Safety Engineers typically earn around 27 percent, 22 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than usual. Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$73,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Safety Compliance
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National Average
$73,000
Training
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%