Safety Engineer Salary

Safety Engineers in the United States take home an average $72K per year. Overall incomes of Safety Engineers generally bottom out at around $49K and peak near $115K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $12K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Male Safety Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$49,790 - $109,458
(Median)
$50K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,254
10%
50%
90%

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$14.97 - $65.44
(Median)
$15
$27
$65
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,790 - $109,458  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,579  
Profit Sharing
$607 - $12,000  
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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$49,500 - $115,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 547
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $65.44  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $73.41  
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 - $11,579  
   
Profit Sharing
$607 - $12,000  
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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$49,500 - $115,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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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Though some Safety Engineers move into positions like Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineer (where the average salary is $90K), this progression is not the norm. More often than not, an Environmental Health & Safety Manager role is the next step for Safety Engineers moving up in the field. Environmental Health & Safety Managers usually make $75K per year. Many other Safety Engineers choose to take on a Safety Manager role, where salaries are typically $62K.

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Survey takers who work as Safety Engineers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, Safety Compliance, Training, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include OSHA Compliance and 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.


For many Safety Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Safety Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $88K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,506

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

With a pay rate for Safety Engineers that is 51 percent greater than the national average, Huntsville offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Safety Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent), Houston (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
0%

National Average
$74,000

Training
up arrow 13%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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