Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salary

Environmental Health & Safety Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $108K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Environmental Health & Safety Directors — including $29K in bonuses and $16K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $68K to $169K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Environmental Health & Safety Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$68,264 - $149,827
$68K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,549
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$15.33 - $50.42
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MEDIAN: $25.96
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$0$168K
Salary $68,264 - $149,827
Bonus $1,734 - $28,903
Profit Sharing $3.07 - $24,832
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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$68,926 - $168,531
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 580
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $15.33 - $50.42
Overtime $56.75
Annual Data $0$168K
Bonus $1,734 - $28,903
Profit Sharing $3.07 - $24,832
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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$68,926 - $168,531
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 13

Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

An environmental health and safety (EHS) director ensures that the health, safety, and environmental impact policies of their employer are being successfully implemented. This is a managerial position largely carried out in an office environment, though EHS directors regularly tour facilities to personally inspect operations and communicate with different departments. EHS directors are needed in all manner of industrial and manufacturing operations, as well as in government jobs and hospitals. Any organization that employs a significant number of people likely has an environmental health & safety department.

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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Tasks

  • Develop environmental policies and practices.
  • Modify and implement compliance tracking programs and record keeping systems.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and corporate environmental, health and safety regulations.

Common Career Paths for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


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Environmental Health & Safety Directors' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Safety Director. The typical income for a Safety Director is $68K.

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Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Environmental Compliance, and Regulatory Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Security Policies and Procedures as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Training Program Development and Training also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Environmental Compliance also know Regulatory Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 56 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 288 salaries. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $134,000 based on 236 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,052

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

Chicago, St. Louis, and Cleveland — each located in the Midwest — boast salaries above the national rate for Environmental Health & Safety Directors, making this region (and these three cities) top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Fort Worth is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in San Antonio and Orlando also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
44%

Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries

▲18%

▲2%

National Average
$113,000

▼19%

▼36%

Skills That Affect Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 7%