Safety Officer Salary

The average Safety Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Officers varies from $28K to $82K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Safety Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Safety Officers who answered the questionnnaire. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,068 - $84,346
(Median)
$34K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,118
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$11.33 - $31.25
(Median)
$11
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$34,068 - $84,346  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,037  
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $5,152  
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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$28,082 - $81,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $43.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.70 - $5,152  
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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$28,082 - $81,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 279
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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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Though some Safety Officers move into positions like Environmental Health & Safety Manager (where the average salary is $74K), this progression is not the norm. As Safety Officers progress in their field, many go on to become Safety Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $61K per year. Another common career choice for Safety Officers is to move into a Safety Coordinator role. Typically, Safety Coordinators get paid $46K.

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Popular Skills for Safety Officer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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, 8 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.


Safety Officers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Safety Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Safety Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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 23%


OSHA Compliance
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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