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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

19-5012 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)
20,580 1.9 % $27.15 $56,470 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.78 $19.28 $24.79 $33.15 $43.14
Annual Wage (2) $32,830 $40,090 $51,550 $68,940 $89,720


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) 1,940 0.04 $26.04 $54,160
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,920 0.13 $24.95 $51,890
Truck Transportation 900 0.06 $21.46 $44,640
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 870 0.02 $22.56 $46,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 860 0.03 $27.64 $57,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 820 0.81 $40.11 $83,430
Coal Mining 190 0.37 $30.07 $62,540
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 50 0.20 $26.99 $56,140
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 520 0.14 $29.92 $62,220
Support Activities for Mining 490 0.14 $27.19 $56,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 820 0.81 $40.11 $83,430
Rental and Leasing Services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) (8) (8) $37.68 $78,380
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 70 0.06 $36.68 $76,290
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $36.52 $75,960
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $36.43 $75,770


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 3,540 0.28 2.03 $23.88 $49,670
California 1,700 0.10 0.70 $27.88 $58,000
New York 1,020 0.11 0.77 $29.64 $61,660
Ohio 910 0.17 1.19 $26.05 $54,170
South Carolina 790 0.37 2.67 (8) (8)




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 3.06 $24.64 $51,260
Alaska 120 0.39 2.78 $32.88 $68,380
South Carolina 790 0.37 2.67 (8) (8)
Louisiana 570 0.30 2.13 $28.62 $59,540
Texas 3,540 0.28 2.03 $23.88 $49,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 240 0.07 0.47 $35.73 $74,310
Maryland 230 0.09 0.62 $34.62 $72,000
Washington 510 0.15 1.10 $34.37 $71,490
Rhode Island 70 0.14 1.03 $33.57 $69,830
Georgia 430 0.10 0.68 $33.10 $68,850





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 1,090 0.36 2.55 $26.16 $54,420
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 950 0.10 0.71 $30.97 $64,420
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 950 0.26 1.86 $24.04 $50,000
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 630 2.82 20.13 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.08 0.60 $30.02 $62,450
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 470 0.10 0.72 $31.66 $65,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.09 0.65 $34.49 $71,730
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.10 0.71 $36.32 $75,550
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 270 0.18 1.28 $30.19 $62,790
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 230 0.08 0.58 $24.37 $50,700




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 630 2.82 20.13 (8) (8)
Midland, MI 80 2.35 16.80 $29.10 $60,530
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS 130 0.88 6.29 $18.98 $39,470
Wheeling, WV-OH 50 0.73 5.19 $26.97 $56,090
Farmington, NM 30 0.73 5.23 $29.68 $61,730
El Paso, TX 180 0.58 4.13 $17.50 $36,390
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.57 4.04 $22.68 $47,170
Odessa, TX 40 0.52 3.68 $21.15 $44,000
Abilene, TX 30 0.52 3.71 $20.10 $41,800
Waco, TX 60 0.48 3.39 $20.00 $41,610




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)
Knoxville, TN 80 0.21 1.48 $42.06 $87,490
Baton Rouge, LA 170 0.44 3.14 $37.02 $76,990
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 270 0.10 0.71 $36.32 $75,550
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.07 0.53 $35.55 $73,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.09 0.65 $34.49 $71,730
Anchorage, AK 70 0.43 3.05 $33.78 $70,260
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 70 0.12 0.86 $33.57 $69,830
Spartanburg, SC 40 0.22 1.59 $33.43 $69,530
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 30 0.06 0.40 $33.12 $68,890
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 30 0.13 0.90 $32.04 $66,640

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 120 0.94 6.73 (8) (8)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.26 1.84 $23.54 $48,960
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.55 $24.43 $50,800
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.36 2.56 $21.77 $45,280
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 4.32 $23.52 $48,920

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 120 0.94 6.73 (8) (8)
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.77 5.49 $19.11 $39,760
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.67 4.75 $22.22 $46,220
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 4.32 $23.52 $48,920
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.54 3.85 $21.26 $44,230

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.33 2.37 $36.63 $76,200
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 2.77 $31.98 $66,520
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 2.26 $31.78 $66,110
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.79 $61,960
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 3.12 $27.55 $57,310


About May 2019 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020