Safety Engineer Salary

Safety Engineers in the United States take home an average $70K annually. Cash earnings for Safety Engineers — including $15K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $50K to $109K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Men account for the majority of Safety Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Safety Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,291 - $102,305
$50K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,116
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50%
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$15.49 - $59.94
$15
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$60
MEDIAN: $25.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,291 - $102,305  
   
Bonus
$606 - $14,639  
Profit Sharing
$771 - $9,274  
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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$50,412 - $109,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.49 - $59.94  
   
Overtime
$22.98 - $56.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$606 - $14,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$771 - $9,274  
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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$50,412 - $109,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

  • Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.
  • Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
  • Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.

Common Career Paths for Safety Engineer


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While not commonly seen, Safety Engineers who transition into a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers is $90K per year. Becoming an Environmental Health & Safety Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Safety Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $75K. Another frequent advance is for Safety Engineers to assume a Safety Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $62K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Safety Engineer


Bechtel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Safety Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $84K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,995

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

Huntsville is home to an above-average pay rate for Safety Engineers, 56 percent higher than the national average. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Detroit (+17 percent). Safety Engineers in Chicago make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Denver (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲18%

Mid-Career
▲10%

National Average
$71,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲15%

OSHA Compliance
▲6%

Training Program Development
▲6%


Safety Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Ergonomics
▼3%

Training
▼10%

Industrial Hygiene
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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