Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
59,610 1.4 % $32.67 $67,960 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.27 $24.67 $32.11 $39.85 $46.82
Annual Wage (2) $40,080 $51,320 $66,790 $82,880 $97,380


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) 7,050 0.35 $36.72 $76,380
State Government (OES Designation) 5,870 0.27 $27.25 $56,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,840 0.11 $29.18 $60,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,150 0.38 $32.28 $67,140
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,300 0.04 $31.55 $65,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 420 0.74 $30.38 $63,200
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 60 0.71 $38.22 $79,500
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 590 0.65 $34.93 $72,660
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 910 0.64 $35.71 $74,280
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 230 0.63 $32.75 $68,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 100 0.08 $44.50 $92,550
Office Administrative Services 200 0.05 $41.38 $86,070
Oil and Gas Extraction 680 0.38 $41.04 $85,360
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,270 0.20 $39.74 $82,660
Employment Services 1,130 0.04 $39.50 $82,160


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 6,830 0.65 1.41 $34.14 $71,020
California 6,200 0.43 0.95 $36.64 $76,210
New York 3,280 0.38 0.84 $33.03 $68,710
Ohio 2,430 0.48 1.05 $34.82 $72,430
Pennsylvania 2,280 0.41 0.89 $31.15 $64,800




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 350 1.26 2.75 $31.75 $66,050
Alaska 370 1.15 2.51 $33.91 $70,540
Delaware 390 0.96 2.10 $31.44 $65,390
Montana 340 0.79 1.73 $27.55 $57,310
Washington 2,100 0.76 1.66 $35.69 $74,230




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 350 0.54 1.17 $41.83 $87,000
New Jersey 1,780 0.47 1.02 $36.68 $76,300
California 6,200 0.43 0.95 $36.64 $76,210
Rhode Island 120 0.27 0.58 $36.38 $75,660
Maryland 960 0.38 0.84 $36.00 $74,880





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 2,570 0.97 2.13 $36.98 $76,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,780 0.46 1.00 $34.12 $70,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.31 0.67 $35.95 $74,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.54 1.18 $30.70 $63,850
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 870 0.62 1.35 $38.14 $79,330
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 830 0.35 0.77 $39.25 $81,630
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 820 0.39 0.85 $32.56 $67,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 680 0.39 0.86 $29.95 $62,290
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.49 1.07 $34.87 $72,540
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 610 0.49 1.06 $36.79 $76,530




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 320 3.33 7.28 $37.04 $77,050
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 420 1.93 4.22 $39.23 $81,590
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 130 1.70 3.73 $36.71 $76,360
Columbia, SC 540 1.59 3.46 $23.74 $49,380
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 250 1.56 3.42 $33.49 $69,660
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 420 1.53 3.35 $32.73 $68,080
Midland, TX 120 1.50 3.28 $33.49 $69,660
Casper, WY 60 1.49 3.27 $30.28 $62,980
Longview, TX 140 1.46 3.18 $30.11 $62,620
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.44 3.14 $34.16 $71,050