Safety Engineer Salary

The average Safety Engineer in the United States earns approximately $71K annually. Total cash compensation to Safety Engineers varies from $51K to $111K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K each. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of Safety Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Safety Engineers are male. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,138 - $108,698
$52K
$70K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,074
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50%
90%

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$15.48 - $52.38
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$25
$52
MEDIAN: $25.06
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$0$112K
Salary $52,138 - $108,698
Bonus $508 - $14,754
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $14,544
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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$51,852 - $112,947
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 369
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $15.48 - $52.38
Overtime $23.49 - $53.00
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $508 - $14,754
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $14,544
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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$51,852 - $112,947
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 24

Job Description for Safety Engineer

A safety engineer works to design new procedures, equipment, and guidelines to maintain and promote the safety of industrial workers. Typically, a safety engineer works in a manufacturing plant or with an insurance company, government agency, or consulting firm. A safety engineer is responsible for identifying and remedying potential safety and work hazard problems before they occur. They try to minimize the occurrence of failures and ensure that any failures that occur are not life-threatening.

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Safety Engineer Tasks

  • Plan, implement, and coordinate safety programs to prevent or correct hazardous environmental working conditions.
  • Install test machinery and test air quality, noise level, temperature or radiation and suggest solutions to compliance problems.
  • Identify and monitor potential hazards and mitigation techniques.

Common Career Paths for Safety Engineer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Safety Engineers sometimes become Senior Environmental Health & Safety Engineers, where the average income is $90K per year. As Safety Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Environmental Health & Safety Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $75K per year. Another common career choice for Safety Engineers is to move into a Safety Manager role. Typically, Safety Managers get paid $62K.

Safety Engineer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Safety Engineer


Bechtel Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $81K.

Pay by Experience Level for Safety Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Safety Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Safety Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Safety Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Safety Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 81 salaries. A Safety Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,864

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Safety Engineers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Safety Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Huntsville (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+22 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Compared to the national average, Chicago Safety Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (9 percent less) and Minneapolis (8 percent less).

Safety Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Safety Engineer?

Safety Engineer in Denver:
"Cost of living has increased but city has lots to do."
Pros: Plenty to offer from the mountains to the flat lands. Seasons throughout the year are great.
Cons: Current cost of living increase.

Safety Engineer in Oak Brook:
Pros: I like how my job is constantly changing and there are a variety of complex problems to solve.
Cons: I'm not sure how the path to promotion works around here.

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Key Stats for Safety Engineer

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Safety Engineer Salaries

▲37%

▲19%

▲11%

National Average
$71,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Safety Engineer Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
▲15%

OSHA Compliance
▲6%

Training Program Development
▲6%


Safety Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Office
▼1%

Ergonomics
▼3%

Industrial Hygiene
▼9%

Training
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 8%