Safety Engineer Salary

Average Safety Engineers in the United States make around $72K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Safety Engineers can bottom out at $49K or peak near $115K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Safety Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Safety Engineers survey respondents are men (76 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,474 - $108,713

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$15.05 - $66.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,474 - $108,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,396  
Profit Sharing
$599 - $10,471  
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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$49,291 - $114,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $66.59  
   
Overtime
$22.55 - $70.47  
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 - $10,396  
   
Profit Sharing
$599 - $10,471  
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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$49,291 - $114,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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 $74K, 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 $61K — is also typical for Safety Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Typical Safety Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, OSHA Compliance, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training and OSHA Compliance. Employees educated in Regulatory Compliance are typically practiced in Safety Compliance, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

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


For many Safety Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $89K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Safety Engineers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Safety Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+19 percent), and Detroit (+14 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries


Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$73,000

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 10%

Training
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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