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Safety Officer Salary (United States)

Safety Officers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Officers bottoms out near $28K and approaches $80K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most Safety Officers are men (75 percent). Most Safety Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Safety Officer Salary (?
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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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For Safety Officers, career progression to an Environmental Health & Safety Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Environmental Health & Safety Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $73K annually.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer

Safety Officers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Regulatory Compliance, OSHA Compliance, Training, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in OSHA Compliance indicates knowledge of Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Safety Officers make a median salary of $57K. Safety Officers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $55K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly 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 nearly one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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National Average
$52,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Safety Officers, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 57 percent above the national average. Safety Officers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent) and Phoenix (+11 percent). Safety Officers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Safety Officers in New York bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Houston (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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Training
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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%