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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of occupational health and safety specialists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
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|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |