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Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of occupational health and safety specialists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of occupational health and safety specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The occupational health and safety specialists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,320
25th Percentile Wage
$54,320
50th Percentile Wage
$70,920
75th Percentile Wage
$88,050
90th Percentile Wage
$104,460

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for occupational health and safety specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) occupational health and safety specialists is $104,460. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $41,320. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational health and safety specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201670,9201.00%5.82%
201570,2101.42%-
201469,2101.81%-
201367,9601.72%-
201266,790--

Table 2. Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of occupational health and safety specialists in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for occupational health and safety specialists occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $82,990. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $56,100).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$82,990
Mining
$79,510
Information
$79,200
Finance and Insurance
$79,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$77,270
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$74,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$72,170
Manufacturing
$71,980
Wholesale Trade
$69,940
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$69,900
Construction
$69,410
Transportation and Warehousing
$68,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,520
Health Care and Social Assistance
$67,170
Retail Trade
$66,500
Educational Services
$66,000
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$58,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$57,940
Accommodation and Food Services
$56,100

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Occupational Health and Safety Specialists by States

From the above tables we note that not only occupational health and safety specialists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of occupational health and safety specialists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,950 to $90,430. The highest paying state for occupational health and safety specialists is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $90,430. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $35,950. For more salary information of occupational health and safety specialists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Rhode Island
$90,430
District of Columbia
$88,620
Alaska
$84,060
California
$81,050
New Jersey
$80,620
North Dakota
$80,190
Maryland
$79,210
Connecticut
$78,460
Washington
$76,460
Colorado
$76,370
New Hampshire
$76,040
West Virginia
$75,750
Wyoming
$75,500
Massachusetts
$75,390
Minnesota
$75,110
Hawaii
$74,640
Illinois
$72,330
Louisiana
$71,610
Nevada
$71,220
Texas
$71,220
Georgia
$71,020
New York
$70,870
Tennessee
$70,830
Utah
$70,650
Alabama
$70,610
Ohio
$70,420
Michigan
$70,330
Mississippi
$69,690
Arizona
$68,780
New Mexico
$68,560
Pennsylvania
$68,430
Oregon
$68,090
Iowa
$67,210
Vermont
$66,950
North Carolina
$66,650
Florida
$66,110
Oklahoma
$65,320
Kentucky
$64,640
Nebraska
$64,240
Delaware
$63,990
Virginia
$63,440
Maine
$63,270
Missouri
$63,110
Idaho
$61,780
Wisconsin
$61,610
South Dakota
$61,510
Indiana
$60,880
Montana
$59,250
Kansas
$59,100
Arkansas
$58,130
Guam
$50,120
South Carolina
$49,530
Puerto Rico
$35,950



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