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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
88,390 1.0 % $36.03 $74,940 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.41 $26.95 $35.11 $43.76 $52.17
Annual Wage (2) $42,450 $56,060 $73,020 $91,030 $108,520


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) 7,020 0.35 $40.60 $84,450
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,870 0.13 $31.85 $66,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,200 0.28 $29.70 $61,770
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,750 0.40 $35.95 $74,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,810 0.16 $40.33 $83,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 130 1.22 $47.54 $98,890
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,160 1.18 $34.64 $72,040
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,100 0.78 $43.68 $90,840
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 800 0.71 $42.01 $87,370
Other Pipeline Transportation 60 0.63 $39.20 $81,530

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 30 (7) $48.60 $101,080
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 130 1.22 $47.54 $98,890
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,560 0.23 $45.06 $93,730
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,100 0.78 $43.68 $90,840
Natural Gas Distribution 330 0.30 $43.67 $90,820


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 11,870 0.98 1.60 $36.40 $75,720
California 7,560 0.44 0.73 $42.50 $88,400
Pennsylvania 4,370 0.75 1.22 $33.81 $70,330
Ohio 4,280 0.79 1.30 $36.90 $76,740
New York 3,780 0.40 0.66 $36.55 $76,020




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 420 1.57 2.57 $36.92 $76,790
Alaska 490 1.54 2.52 $41.80 $86,940
Montana 580 1.25 2.04 $33.60 $69,890
North Dakota 480 1.15 1.88 $42.53 $88,470
New Mexico 940 1.15 1.89 $34.83 $72,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 100 0.21 0.34 $44.39 $92,330
District of Columbia 520 0.73 1.19 $43.53 $90,540
North Dakota 480 1.15 1.88 $42.53 $88,470
California 7,560 0.44 0.73 $42.50 $88,400
Alaska 490 1.54 2.52 $41.80 $86,940





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 4,310 1.45 2.37 $39.74 $82,660
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,350 0.35 0.58 $38.97 $81,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,410 0.67 1.10 $34.94 $72,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,210 0.36 0.59 $43.24 $89,930
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,160 0.76 1.24 $34.13 $70,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,820 0.39 0.64 $35.26 $73,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,740 0.55 0.91 $40.99 $85,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,550 0.78 1.28 $38.41 $79,900
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,410 0.58 0.96 $48.86 $101,630
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,340 0.91 1.49 $43.86 $91,230