Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salary

Average Environmental Health & Safety Specialists in the United States make around $60K annually. The range in cash compensation to Environmental Health & Safety Specialists ($41K to $86K) includes potential earnings of $8K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. Male Environmental Health & Safety Specialists are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 62 percent of professionals. The majority of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$42,820 - $86,562
$43K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,949
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$14.26 - $34.35
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MEDIAN: $22.07
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$0$87K
Salary $42,820 - $86,562
Bonus $0.00 - $8,801
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,096
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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$40,619 - $87,595
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,116
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $14.26 - $34.35
Hourly Tips $3.33
Overtime $24.91 - $45.16
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,801
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,096
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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$40,619 - $87,595
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 201

Job Description for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

An environmental health and safety specialist observes and chronicles individuals' typical behaviors and procedures to determine if these practices are safe for the individual and for the company as a whole. This position is especially important in manufacturing and production fields, as a great deal of safety concerns may arise for those working on heavy machinery or directly with raw materials. The environmental health and safety specialist identifies potential safety hazards in operations and then report their findings to supervisors, who may be a board of representatives or a senior environmental health and safety specialist. After problems are identified, the individual must develop strategies or a plan of action to safely deal with the problem. In addition, an environmental health and safety specialist also may examine the operations of a company as a whole and determine if they are environmentally friendly; for instance, the job may require determining if certain emissions standards are being met by a production plant.

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Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Tasks

  • Conduct research for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or environmental hazards.
  • Generate and maintain documentation related to EHS initiatives.
  • Contribute to administration of EHS programs.

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


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At the upper end, Environmental Health & Safety Specialists who move into an Environmental Health & Safety Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Environmental Health & Safety Directors is a much higher $105K per year. The most common next step for an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist is to become an Environmental Health & Safety Manager or a Safety Manager. The former position pays an additional $16K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Environmental Health & Safety Specialists include Chevron Corporation, CBRE Group, Amazon.com Inc, INVISTA, Inc., and The Boeing Company. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Chevron Corporation, where the median salary comes to $83K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($60K) and those starting out ($112K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Kinder Morgan Inc., BASF Corporation, and INVISTA, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Environmental Health & Safety Specialists earning around $83K, $77K, or $74K at each firm, respectively.

Employees at CBRE Group take home the smallest paychecks, and $51K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $48K and quickly nearing the top at only $68K. Poet Biorefining, EBI Consulting, and Amazon.com Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $51K, $56K, and $58K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Emergency Response, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Ergonomics, Microsoft Office, and Environmental Compliance. Most people familiar with OSHA Compliance also know Safety Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Training. Those educated in Environmental Compliance tend to be well versed in Regulatory Compliance.

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

Pay by Experience for an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 804 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 418 salaries. An experienced Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 292 salaries. An Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 94 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,285

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

For Environmental Health & Safety Specialists, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Environmental Health & Safety Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+13 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Environmental Health & Safety Specialists is geography, with workers in Oklahoma City earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (22 percent lower) and Tampa (10 percent lower).

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist?

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in Aston:
"Environmental Health & Safety Management."
Pros: I like helping people come home to their families safely.
Cons: I would probably say that internal communication could improve.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in Dallas:
"Fulfilling Career."
Pros: My work in the safety field is very rewarding. Employees really appreciate the work I do.
Cons: Facilities personnel.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in Sacramento:
"EH&S."
Pros: Flexibility and Variety.
Cons: Regulatory standards to keep up with.

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist in Nahunta, Georgia:
"Making The World A Safer, Healthier Place."
Pros: Every day is different. Excellent opportunities for continued education. Wonderful colleagues and work environment.
Cons: Daily commute. Wear and tear on current vehicle.

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Key Stats for Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist Salaries

▲25%

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$60,000

▼9%

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

Project Management
▲38%

Emergency Response
▲9%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲4%




National Average
$60,000

OSHA Compliance
▼1%

Safety Compliance
▼1%


▼4%


Ergonomics
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 10%