Safety Officer Salary (United States)

A typical Safety Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52,341 annually. Pay begins at $28,387 on the low end and climbs to $80,320 per year near the top. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Officers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,395 - $81,666
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MEDIAN: $55,061
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Safety Officer Salary (?
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$11.19 - $30.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,395 - $81,666  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
Profit Sharing
$1.17 - $3,052  
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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$28,387 - $80,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $40.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,971  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.17 - $3,052  
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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$28,387 - $80,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Job Description for Safety Officer

Security officers evaluate safety concerns in workplaces, monitor workers for adherence to proper safety procedures, make reports regarding safety to present to management and research safety issues to create create safety policies. They also develop safety standards to meet the needs of the business or industry they serve while meeting regulations. Once the standards are created, the officer trains others in the workplace on the standards. Safety officers monitor workers and ensure that they are behaving in a safe manner, and they coach others when needed to ensure optimum safety and compliance to the standard.
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Safety Officer Tasks
  • Conduct walkthroughs and formal audits to evaluate safety needs and policies.
  • Monitor equipment moves and maintenance, and make changes to procedures.
  • Develop, train others, enforce, and audit safety standards and regulations.
  • Document safety policies, training, regulations, compliance, and adverse events.

Common Career Paths for Safety Officer

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Safety Officers may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager position may earn an additional $21K per year.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer

Typical Safety Officers report a focused set of job skills. Regulatory Compliance is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 5 percent. 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.
Though starting salaries approximate $47K, they climb to $55K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $57K. Following a couple decades of work, Safety Officers watch their salaries dip to an average of $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Chicago
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Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Safety Officers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Officers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent) and Phoenix (+11 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Safety Officers is geography, with workers in New York earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (-9 percent) and Houston (-3 percent).

Safety Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Safety Officer?
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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Experience Affects Safety Officer Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Safety Officer Salaries

OSHA Compliance
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Safety Compliance
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%