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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-5011 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.


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)
92,780 1.0 % $36.68 $76,290 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.97 $27.60 $35.63 $44.46 $53.43
Annual Wage (2) $43,630 $57,400 $74,100 $92,470 $111,130


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)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,060 0.13 $32.21 $66,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,030 0.35 $40.54 $84,320
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,010 0.28 $31.05 $64,580
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,860 0.39 $38.47 $80,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises 4,140 0.17 $40.40 $84,030

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 160 1.33 $46.04 $95,770
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 770 0.69 $44.82 $93,220
Oil and Gas Extraction 890 0.63 $45.06 $93,730
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 190 0.62 $39.59 $82,340
Support Activities for Mining 2,060 0.59 $38.60 $80,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 40 (7) $47.26 $98,290
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,520 0.21 $46.31 $96,320
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 230 0.01 $46.13 $95,950
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 160 1.33 $46.04 $95,770
Oil and Gas Extraction 890 0.63 $45.06 $93,730


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 12,860 1.03 1.64 $36.40 $75,720
California 8,430 0.48 0.77 $43.54 $90,560
Pennsylvania 4,640 0.79 1.25 $35.14 $73,100
Ohio 4,640 0.85 1.35 $36.96 $76,880
New York 3,930 0.41 0.65 $37.19 $77,350




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 470 1.72 2.73 $37.81 $78,650
Alaska 450 1.43 2.26 $41.46 $86,230
North Dakota 570 1.35 2.14 $39.27 $81,690
Montana 620 1.32 2.09 $34.41 $71,580
New Mexico 960 1.17 1.85 $35.70 $74,260




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 470 0.65 1.03 $44.41 $92,380
Rhode Island 120 0.25 0.39 $43.78 $91,070
California 8,430 0.48 0.77 $43.54 $90,560
Colorado 2,410 0.90 1.43 $41.88 $87,120
Massachusetts 1,530 0.42 0.67 $41.47 $86,270





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 4,300 1.41 2.23 $40.75 $84,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,510 0.36 0.57 $40.20 $83,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,670 0.73 1.16 $33.86 $70,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,490 0.40 0.63 $44.23 $91,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,280 0.79 1.25 $36.83 $76,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,000 0.43 0.68 $35.35 $73,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,710 0.85 1.34 $39.56 $82,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,630 0.51 0.81 $41.09 $85,460
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,490 0.99 1.56 $43.92 $91,360
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,430 0.58 0.91 $52.04 $108,230