Safety Engineer Salary (United States)

Annual wages for Safety Engineers in the United States typically come in around $73,148 annually. The range in pay spans from $47,124 to $114,070 per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Safety Engineers are men (76 percent). For the most part, Safety Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Safety Engineer Salary (?
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$48,763 - $109,108
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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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Salary
$48,763 - $109,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,443  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $10,213  
Total Pay (?
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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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Safety Engineers who advance into the role of a Senior Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Engineer—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $16,174 per year. Moving from a Safety Engineer to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager or Safety Manager is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Safety Engineer

Safety Engineers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Regulatory Compliance is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. It is not unusual for someone who knows Regulatory Compliance to be familiar with Safety Compliance as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for Safety Engineers increases steadily with experience. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $59K, increasing to $77K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $90K. After 20 years in the field, Safety Engineers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $102K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$73,000
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For Safety Engineers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Washington, where Safety Engineers annually earn 27 percent, 22 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. 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
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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%