The average Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and other laboratories. An Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Occupational Health and Safety Specialists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.
Median Hourly & Annual Data
An Occupational Health Safety Specialist Salary is $31.86 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $19.12 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $46.00 per hour.
On an annual basis the median Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salary is $66,270. The lowest 10% earn a salary of $39,770 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $96,000 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.
Lowest and Highest
The lowest paid Occupational Health and Safety Specialists earn less with mean or average wages below $20.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the highest wages are over $46.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.
Top 5 States
The top paying states are District of Columbia, California, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Colorado.
Top 5 Metropolitan Areas
The best city or metropolitan areas to earn an occupational health wages are Oakland CA, Bethesda MD, Salinas CA, Framingham MA, and San Jose CA.
Other Industries that Employ Occupational Health Safety Specialists
Management and technical consulting, the natural gas industry, gas and oil production, and universities also employ these professionals. Other employment opportunities exist in state and federal government as well as the military.
According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 57,950 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians who earn a salary through being employed.
Where They Work
Occupational Health Specialists work in hospitals, manufacturing of all types, and government services. Over 20,000 work for federal, state, and local government. Unlike the majority of healthcare occupations the majority of the employment settings are not hospitals and doctors offices.
Private Practice vs. Employment
Given the nature of the work these professionals perform Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians are primarily employed rather than in private practice. Opportunities exist in consulting and private contracting.
Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.