Pay for Safety Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. Overall incomes of Safety Officers generally bottom out at around $28K and peak near $86K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $6K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Officers who answered the questionnnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,802 - $91,656
$34K
$56K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,962
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$11.40 - $32.26
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$33,802 - $91,656  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,082  
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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$28,349 - $86,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $32.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$16.54 - $45.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,082  
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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$28,349 - $86,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 286

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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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Safety Officers may progress into high-paying roles like Environmental Health & Safety Manager, where median compensation is $75K annually. It is quite typical for Safety Officers to transition into roles as Safety Managers or Safety Directors, where reported median earnings are $11K and $18K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer


Safety Officers report using a wide range of professional 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 23 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people who know 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.


For Safety Officers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $45K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Safety Officers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,728

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

For Safety Officers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Safety Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+33 percent), Baton Rouge (+24 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Safety Officer's salary, with Las Vegas Safety Officers earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Workers in Miami and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (24 percent less and 21 percent less, respectively).

Safety Officer Reviews

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 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Safety Officer Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Safety Officer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 23%


OSHA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
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Training
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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