Safety Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $56K annually. Total cash earnings of Safety Officers range from $28K on the low end to $88K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Safety Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Safety Officers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,679 - $94,115
$35K
$56K
$94K
MEDIAN: $56,056
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$11.61 - $33.07
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MEDIAN: $18.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,679 - $94,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,215  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$28,277 - $87,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.61 - $33.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$17.00 - $46.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,215  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,787  
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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$28,277 - $87,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 287

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Job Description for Safety Officer

Safety officers are responsible for monitoring activities in the workplace and ensuring that nobody is violating safety regulations. The essential aim of their job is to minimize occupational injuries, accidents, and health problems. Their job requires more than simply watching the behavior of coworkers and correcting unsafe conduct; they must also provide employees with safety training to ensure that they are fully aware of safety standards. This may involve circulating reading and instructional material on the matter, as well as running or organizing educational programs.

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Safety Officer Tasks

  • Develop, train others, enforce, and audit safety standards and regulations.
  • Document safety policies, training, regulations, compliance, and adverse events.
  • Conduct walkthroughs and formal audits to evaluate safety needs and policies.
  • Monitor equipment moves and maintenance, and make changes to procedures.

Common Career Paths for Safety Officer


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As Safety Officers transition into upper-level roles such as Environmental Health & Safety Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Environmental Health & Safety Managers earn $75K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Safety Officer often leads to becoming a Safety Manager or a Safety Director; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer


Typical Safety Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Risk Management / Risk Control, Regulatory Compliance, and OSHA Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with OSHA Compliance also know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Officer

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $55K. On average, Safety Officers make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,870

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

For Safety Officers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Safety Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+43 percent), Baton Rouge (+24 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Las Vegas Safety Officers earning much less — 35 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Baltimore and Dallas (18 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Safety Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Safety Officer?

Safety Officer in Essington:
"Very stressful at times."
Pros: The people I keep safe on a day to day bases they leave the same way they came in to work is very rewarding.
Cons: Held to so little hours with a lot of work and it is life saving equipment to work on or inspect so with that being said this job can be stressful .

Safety Officer in Kakinada:
"The management."
Pros: I feel very happy as a safety officer because I am putting my efforts to create awareness on safety of personnel , environment and company asset. I feel proud that I m the protector of human life , environment and company asset to some extent.
Cons: The bad thing about being safety officer is that we are blamed for all the things.

Safety Officer in South Africa:
"Its Really A Challenging Job, You Need To Be Active On Your Duty Everyday."
Pros: Induction, toolbox talk cause that is where everyone got a chance to tell me or ask me what they don't understand.
Cons: Supervisors who don't comply with safety.

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Key Stats for Safety Officer

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Safety Officer Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Safety Officer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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