Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
62,830 1.3 % $33.20 $69,050 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.48 $25.18 $32.67 $40.46 $47.37
Annual Wage (2) $40,530 $52,380 $67,960 $84,160 $98,520


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) 7,040 0.35 $36.77 $76,480
State Government (OES Designation) 6,220 0.28 $28.06 $58,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,590 0.10 $29.76 $61,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 4,870 0.42 $33.18 $69,020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,510 0.05 $32.15 $66,880

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 440 0.78 $31.77 $66,080
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 540 0.60 $36.65 $76,240
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 210 0.56 $33.19 $69,020
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 800 0.56 $36.42 $75,760
Waste Treatment and Disposal 470 0.49 $36.99 $76,940

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 120 0.10 $44.91 $93,410
Oil and Gas Extraction 850 0.44 $42.72 $88,870
Office Administrative Services 230 0.05 $42.05 $87,450
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,440 0.23 $40.27 $83,760
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 100 0.03 $38.85 $80,820


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 7,280 0.67 1.41 $33.90 $70,520
California 6,980 0.47 1.00 $37.36 $77,710
New York 3,260 0.38 0.80 $34.29 $71,330
Ohio 2,620 0.51 1.08 $34.47 $71,700
Virginia 2,450 0.68 1.43 $30.99 $64,450




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)
Wyoming 410 1.45 3.07 $31.50 $65,510
Alaska 440 1.36 2.87 $35.44 $73,710
Montana 420 0.97 2.04 $29.30 $60,950
Washington 2,400 0.85 1.79 $35.81 $74,480
North Dakota 350 0.82 1.74 $29.89 $62,180




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 300 0.45 0.95 $40.76 $84,780
California 6,980 0.47 1.00 $37.36 $77,710
Connecticut 590 0.36 0.76 $36.56 $76,050
New Jersey 1,980 0.52 1.10 $36.53 $75,980
Rhode Island 100 0.23 0.49 $36.22 $75,330





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 2,750 1.00 2.11 $35.61 $74,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.48 1.01 $34.51 $71,770
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.32 0.67 $37.46 $77,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.71 1.49 $36.80 $76,550
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 890 0.41 0.87 $33.41 $69,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 870 0.49 1.02 $31.60 $65,720
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 860 0.48 1.02 $31.38 $65,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 860 0.36 0.76 $38.60 $80,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.78 1.64 $43.97 $91,460
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 750 0.58 1.23 $36.94 $76,830




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 390 3.92 8.28 $40.35 $83,940
Midland, TX 190 2.25 4.74 $33.91 $70,520
Casper, WY 90 2.17 4.58 $27.41 $57,010
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 450 2.09 4.42 $37.46 $77,910
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 140 1.80 3.80 $36.56 $76,050
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 520 1.79 3.78 $34.37 $71,490
Fairbanks, AK 60 1.68 3.54 $33.26 $69,190
Odessa, TX 120 1.67 3.53 $28.99 $60,290
Billings, MT 120 1.44 3.04 $33.52 $69,720
Olympia, WA 140 1.43 3.02 $31.46 $65,440