Safety Engineer Salary

Median pay for Safety Engineers in the United States is around $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Safety Engineers bottoms out near $51K and approaches $110K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Safety Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$51,263 - $104,491
$51K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,625
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $59.64
$15
$26
$60
MEDIAN: $25.60
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,263 - $104,491  
   
Bonus
$694 - $14,544  
Profit Sharing
$776 - $9,192  
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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$51,210 - $110,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $59.64  
   
Overtime
$22.84 - $56.38  
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
$694 - $14,544  
   
Profit Sharing
$776 - $9,192  
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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$51,210 - $110,062  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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. With an annual salary of $75K, Environmental Health & Safety Manager is the most common role for Safety Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Safety Manager role — which usually pays $62K — is also typical for Safety Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Safety Engineer


The biggest paychecks can be found at Bechtel Corporation — the median salary there is $81K.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Safety Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Safety Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Safety Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Safety Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 81 salaries. A Safety Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,497

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Safety Engineers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Huntsville (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Safety Engineers is geography, with workers in Chicago earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (9 percent lower) and Minneapolis (8 percent lower).

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
21 %
Male
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

▲36%

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$71,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲14%

OSHA Compliance
▲5%

Training Program Development
▲5%


National Average
$71,000

Safety Compliance
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Ergonomics
▼4%

Industrial Hygiene
▼10%

Training
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 7%
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