Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
70,220 1.3 % $34.51 $71,790 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.66 $25.91 $33.75 $41.82 $49.51
Annual Wage (2) $40,890 $53,890 $70,210 $86,990 $102,980


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) 6,940 0.35 $37.87 $78,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,580 0.12 $29.78 $61,930
State Government (OES Designation) 6,200 0.28 $28.67 $59,630
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,050 0.40 $36.30 $75,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,960 0.06 $33.08 $68,800

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,340 0.69 $46.19 $96,070
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 530 0.57 $40.73 $84,720
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing 330 0.56 $32.09 $66,750
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 610 0.55 $39.98 $83,170
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 780 0.52 $36.77 $76,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.42 $48.84 $101,590
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,340 0.69 $46.19 $96,070
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 30 0.30 $45.28 $94,190
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (8) (8) $42.50 $88,410
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,320 0.20 $42.39 $88,170


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 10,240 0.88 1.74 $35.57 $73,980
California 5,590 0.36 0.71 $39.62 $82,400
Ohio 3,470 0.66 1.29 $33.59 $69,870
New York 3,140 0.35 0.69 $34.57 $71,910
Pennsylvania 2,850 0.50 0.98 $33.39 $69,450



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)
Alaska 580 1.76 3.45 $41.59 $86,500
Wyoming 430 1.50 2.94 $35.22 $73,250
Montana 470 1.06 2.07 $30.39 $63,210
New Mexico 770 0.96 1.88 $34.76 $72,300
North Dakota 420 0.93 1.82 $39.68 $82,540



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 320 0.48 0.94 $44.30 $92,150
Maryland 1,170 0.45 0.88 $41.78 $86,900
Alaska 580 1.76 3.45 $41.59 $86,500
North Dakota 420 0.93 1.82 $39.68 $82,540
California 5,590 0.36 0.71 $39.62 $82,400




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,090 1.40 2.74 $39.98 $83,150
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,710 0.26 0.52 $37.53 $78,070
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.51 1.01 $35.58 $74,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.27 0.53 $38.36 $79,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,030 0.67 1.32 $37.73 $78,470
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.41 0.81 $39.64 $82,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.50 0.98 $38.09 $79,230
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 890 0.65 1.28 $36.77 $76,490
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 890 0.47 0.93 $33.79 $70,280
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 880 0.92 1.82 $25.53 $53,100