Safety Manager Salary

The average Safety Manager in the United States earns approximately $66K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Managers ranges from $41K on the lower end to $98K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Safety Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Safety Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$44,417 - $95,171
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$95K
MEDIAN: $65,793
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$13.72 - $37.67
(Median)
$14
$22
$38
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,417 - $95,171  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,101  
Profit Sharing
$764 - $10,174  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$41,217 - $98,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,382
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $37.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.89 - $52.40  
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 - $10,101  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$764 - $10,174  
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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$41,217 - $98,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 532
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Job Description for Safety Manager

A safety manager ensures workplace safety, with the goal of reducing injury and related legal issues. This role is found in many different industries, including in outdoor settings; for example, safety managers commonly are needed on construction sites where manual labor and the operation of heavy machinery occur. A typical day in the role of a safety manager may be split among working on a site to oversee a project or it may be conducted in an office, making calls, and resolving certain health and safety issues that may be holding up a project.

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Safety Manager Tasks

  • Lead the investigation of accidents and injuries, and cooperate in the preparation of material for hearings and insurance investigations.
  • Design and train all levels of employees.
  • Conduct and coordinate safety inspections.
  • Participate in the development of safety and health policies, practices and procedures.
  • Ensure company compliance with all applicable laws governing environmental health and safety.

Common Career Paths for Safety Manager


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Safety Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Environmental Health & Safety Director. The latter position pays an average of $104K annually. It is not unusual for a Safety Manager to become an Environmental Health & Safety Manager or a Construction Safety Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Safety Manager


MV Transportation, Inc., Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., Turner Construction Company, SYSCO Corporation, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are all popular places to work. Walsh Construction Co. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $84K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, SYSCO Corporation, and U.S. Air Force (USAF), top-paying firms where Safety Managers rake in a comfortable $83K, $80K, or $71K, respectively.

The lowest pay by far can be found at MV Transportation, Inc. — this employer offers a median salary of $48K, 73 percent less than the top paying company. Employees at Turner Construction Company, Tyson Foods, Inc., and Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $61K, $63K, and $69K.

Popular Skills for Safety Manager


Survey takers working as Safety Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Environmental Compliance, Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, and Training Program Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and People Management. Those proficient in OSHA Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Training and Risk Management / Risk Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Manager

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


For Safety Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. Safety Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Safety Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,525

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Safety Managers, 25 percent above the national average. Safety Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+18 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Safety Manager Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Safety Manager Salaries

Environmental Compliance
up arrow 16%


Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Training Program Development
up arrow 2%

OSHA Compliance
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Training
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 590 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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