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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

29-9012 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.


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)
18,020 1.9 % $26.57 $55,270 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.43 $18.94 $24.41 $31.88 $40.58
Annual Wage (2) $32,080 $39,390 $50,780 $66,300 $84,400


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) 2,030 0.04 $24.68 $51,340
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,360 0.09 $24.44 $50,830
Truck Transportation 890 0.06 $20.43 $42,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 860 0.03 $27.01 $56,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 830 0.02 $25.41 $52,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 160 0.32 $29.72 $61,820
Waste Treatment and Disposal 240 0.24 $29.71 $61,790
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 40 0.18 $25.92 $53,900
Support Activities for Mining 540 0.17 $28.51 $59,290
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 450 0.13 $30.01 $62,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 220 0.03 $36.04 $74,970
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $35.79 $74,440
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 220 0.06 $35.59 $74,030
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.12 $35.43 $73,700
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 190 0.07 $35.36 $73,550


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 2,790 0.23 1.85 $25.65 $53,350
California 1,490 0.09 0.70 $29.31 $60,970
Ohio 890 0.16 1.32 $25.58 $53,210
New York 850 0.09 0.73 $29.74 $61,850
Pennsylvania 710 0.12 0.98 $23.14 $48,140




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)
North Dakota 180 0.43 3.48 $26.93 $56,020
Louisiana 670 0.35 2.79 $26.30 $54,690
Alaska 90 0.30 2.38 $31.71 $65,960
West Virginia 170 0.24 1.94 $29.06 $60,450
Texas 2,790 0.23 1.85 $25.65 $53,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 220 0.06 0.49 $36.00 $74,870
Rhode Island 70 0.14 1.13 $32.89 $68,400
Wyoming 40 0.15 1.22 $31.76 $66,070
Alaska 90 0.30 2.38 $31.71 $65,960
New Jersey 300 0.07 0.60 $31.35 $65,210





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 870 0.09 0.73 $30.61 $63,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 860 0.29 2.30 $30.50 $63,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 610 0.17 1.38 $24.54 $51,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 480 0.10 0.82 $30.24 $62,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 460 0.07 0.60 $30.25 $62,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 320 0.10 0.83 $30.68 $63,810
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 260 0.09 0.74 $22.92 $47,670
Baton Rouge, LA 260 0.65 5.25 $31.90 $66,360
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 250 0.25 2.03 $21.93 $45,620
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 240 0.16 1.28 $28.94 $60,200




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)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 220 0.99 7.93 $29.51 $61,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 110 0.66 5.32 $21.39 $44,500
Baton Rouge, LA 260 0.65 5.25 $31.90 $66,360
El Paso, TX 190 0.61 4.88 $17.80 $37,020
Kennewick-Richland, WA 70 0.57 4.62 $39.33 $81,810
Longview, TX 50 0.54 4.35 $25.71 $53,470
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.51 4.06 $23.75 $49,400
College Station-Bryan, TX 60 0.51 4.11 $23.51 $48,900
State College, PA 30 0.50 4.04 $23.38 $48,630
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.50 4.00 $27.38 $56,950




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 70 0.57 4.62 $39.33 $81,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 190 0.08 0.64 $36.37 $75,640
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 180 0.07 0.53 $36.18 $75,250
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 60 0.13 1.07 $35.64 $74,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 0.70 $33.15 $68,940
Knoxville, TN 90 0.24 1.92 $33.13 $68,920
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.37 3.01 $32.78 $68,180
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70 0.12 0.93 $32.77 $68,160
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 50 0.13 1.05 $32.66 $67,930
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 30 0.06 0.46 $32.31 $67,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 7.41 $28.21 $58,690
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 4.74 $20.97 $43,610
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.19 1.54 $21.96 $45,670
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 2.07 $20.48 $42,600
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 2.16 $24.30 $50,540

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 7.41 $28.21 $58,690
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 5.31 $32.17 $66,900
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 4.74 $20.97 $43,610
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 3.09 $24.51 $50,970
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 3.00 $29.94 $62,270

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 5.31 $32.17 $66,900
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 2.85 $31.40 $65,320
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.56 $30.04 $62,490
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 3.00 $29.94 $62,270
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 110 0.92 7.41 $28.21 $58,690


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019