Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
57,950 1.2 % $32.37 $67,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.12 $24.38 $31.86 $39.69 $46.17
Annual Wage (2) $39,770 $50,710 $66,270 $82,560 $96,030


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,110 0.34 $36.75 $76,450
State Government (OES Designation) 6,930 0.30 $28.90 $60,110
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,600 0.12 $28.00 $58,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,300 0.31 $31.49 $65,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,390 0.05 $31.61 $65,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 850 0.60 $35.16 $73,130
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 200 0.56 $33.09 $68,840
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 570 0.51 $37.29 $77,560
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 260 0.48 $29.39 $61,130
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 400 0.46 $35.12 $73,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $42.49 $88,390
Offices of Other Health Practitioners (8) (8) $42.12 $87,610
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.42 $41.69 $86,720
Oil and Gas Extraction 590 0.36 $41.57 $86,470
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 110 0.09 $40.35 $83,920


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 7,310 0.71 1.57 $31.83 $66,200
California 6,000 0.43 0.95 $37.65 $78,310
New York 3,040 0.36 0.80 $32.59 $67,790
Pennsylvania 2,480 0.45 0.99 $30.02 $62,440
Ohio 2,410 0.48 1.07 $33.93 $70,570




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 330 1.21 2.69 $33.27 $69,190
Alaska 360 1.14 2.52 $35.08 $72,960
Delaware 400 1.00 2.21 $32.07 $66,710
Washington 1,950 0.72 1.59 $34.57 $71,910
Texas 7,310 0.71 1.57 $31.83 $66,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 370 0.58 1.28 $41.85 $87,050
California 6,000 0.43 0.95 $37.65 $78,310
Rhode Island 120 0.27 0.59 $36.84 $76,620
Maryland 1,030 0.42 0.92 $36.27 $75,440
Colorado 1,020 0.47 1.04 $35.88 $74,630





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,900 1.13 2.51 $32.70 $68,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.29 0.64 $35.09 $73,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.35 0.77 $35.22 $73,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.55 1.23 $31.37 $65,250
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 940 1.17 2.59 $40.73 $84,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 900 0.39 0.86 $38.55 $80,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.43 0.96 $32.19 $66,950
Baltimore-Towson, MD 660 0.53 1.17 $35.51 $73,860
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 660 0.48 1.07 $35.70 $74,260
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 630 0.88 1.94 $30.41 $63,250




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 450 4.54 10.06 $35.97 $74,820
Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA 40 2.48 5.49 $23.79 $49,480
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 440 2.03 4.49 $37.72 $78,470
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.94 4.30 $32.69 $68,000
Midland, TX 120 1.79 3.97 $31.80 $66,150
Casper, WY 70 1.71 3.79 $31.33 $65,170
Longview, TX 150 1.61 3.56 $28.63 $59,560
Victoria, TX 70 1.40 3.10 $35.90 $74,680
Columbia, SC 470 1.40 3.11 $23.41 $48,690
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 110 1.37 3.03 $38.08 $79,200