Safety Officer Salary

Earnings for Safety Officers in the United States come in at around $55K per year on average. Overall incomes of Safety Officers generally bottom out at around $28K and peak near $82K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Safety Officers survey respondents are men (73 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,326 - $84,924
(Median)
$32K
$55K
$85K
MEDIAN: $55,066
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$11.50 - $30.60
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$32,326 - $84,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,075  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$27,510 - $81,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 543
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $30.60  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$15.62 - $40.77  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$27,510 - $81,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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

  • 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 who transition into an Environmental Health & Safety Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $75K per year. Typical career progression for a Safety Officer involves becoming a Safety Manager or a Safety Director, roles that pay $10K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Safety Officers who took the survey. 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 21 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those familiar with OSHA Compliance also tend to know Training.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Officer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. Safety Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. Safety Officers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,625

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

For Safety Officers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Safety Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Safety Officer's salary, with New York Safety Officers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers in Dallas and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

Safety Officer Reviews

What is it like working as a Safety Officer?

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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Experience Affects Safety Officer Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Safety Officer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 21%


OSHA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Training
0%

National Average
$52,000

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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