Safety Officer Salary

Pay for Safety Officers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $57K annually. In the world of Safety Officers, overall income ranges from $28K near the bottom to $88K at the top; this can include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Safety Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Safety Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,850 - $95,138
$35K
$57K
$95K
MEDIAN: $56,606
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$11.62 - $32.74
$12
$18
$33
MEDIAN: $18.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,850 - $95,138  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,781  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,744  
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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$28,133 - $88,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.62 - $32.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$17.19 - $48.55  
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 - $5,781  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,744  
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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$28,133 - $88,047  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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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At the upper end, Safety Officers who move into an Environmental Health & Safety Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Environmental Health & Safety Managers is a much higher $75K per year. Safety Officers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Safety Managers or Safety Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer


Survey takers who work as 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 23 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know OSHA Compliance are also skilled in Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Officer

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Safety Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $63K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,747

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

Surpassing the national average by 53 percent, Safety Officers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+47 percent), San Diego (+46 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Atlanta (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, New York Safety Officers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (10 percent lower) and Baltimore (8 percent lower).

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.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Safety Officer Salaries

▲24%

▲23%

▲7%

National Average
$51,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Safety Officer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲23%




▲1%

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
40%
5-9 years
24%
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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