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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Industry profile for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
Geographic profile for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

National estimates for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
20,950 2.0 % $ 27.82 $ 57,870 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.02 $ 20.00 $ 25.65 $ 34.29 $ 43.16
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,330 $ 41,600 $ 53,340 $ 71,320 $ 89,780


Industry profile for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,050 0.13 $ 25.51 $ 53,060
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,850 0.03 $ 26.35 $ 54,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 840 0.03 $ 27.59 $ 57,400
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.84 $ 40.20 $ 83,620
Truck Transportation 820 0.06 $ 22.43 $ 46,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.84 $ 40.20 $ 83,620
Coal Mining 160 0.38 $ 32.33 $ 67,240
Grain and Oilseed Milling 110 0.17 $ 25.81 $ 53,680
Chemical Manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only) 520 0.15 $ 30.46 $ 63,350
Support Activities for Mining 380 0.14 $ 27.62 $ 57,450

Top paying industries for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 830 0.84 $ 40.20 $ 83,620
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 70 0.04 $ 39.56 $ 82,290
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 250 0.07 $ 37.80 $ 78,610
Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only) 50 0.01 $ 37.28 $ 77,530
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 80 0.06 $ 36.94 $ 76,840


Geographic profile for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,800 0.31 2.08 $ 24.14 $ 50,220
California 1,970 0.12 0.79 $ 27.97 $ 58,180
New York 1,050 0.12 0.80 $ 29.42 $ 61,200
Indiana 860 0.30 1.96 $ 26.06 $ 54,200
Ohio 790 0.15 1.02 $ 25.34 $ 52,700




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 130 0.45 3.01 $ 34.04 $ 70,810
North Dakota 140 0.36 2.37 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
South Carolina 700 0.35 2.31 (8) (8)
Texas 3,800 0.31 2.08 $ 24.14 $ 50,220
Indiana 860 0.30 1.96 $ 26.06 $ 54,200




Top paying states for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 260 0.08 0.51 $ 38.18 $ 79,420
Washington 520 0.16 1.08 $ 36.07 $ 75,020
Maryland 260 0.10 0.68 $ 35.05 $ 72,900
West Virginia 120 0.19 1.24 $ 34.67 $ 72,120
Alaska 130 0.45 3.01 $ 34.04 $ 70,810





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,200 0.41 2.69 $ 25.70 $ 53,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,030 0.29 1.90 $ 24.62 $ 51,220
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,030 0.12 0.77 $ 30.27 $ 62,960
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 590 2.65 17.59 (8) (8)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.09 0.59 $ 29.76 $ 61,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 410 0.09 0.63 $ 32.23 $ 67,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 340 0.15 0.96 $ 30.70 $ 63,860
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 310 0.12 0.79 $ 37.00 $ 76,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 0.63 $ 33.50 $ 69,690
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.19 1.26 $ 31.91 $ 66,380




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 590 2.65 17.59 (8) (8)
Midland, MI 70 2.28 15.13 $ 30.56 $ 63,570
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 70 0.82 5.45 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Columbus, IN 40 0.81 5.39 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
Midland, TX 80 0.79 5.22 $ 25.70 $ 53,450
Wheeling, WV-OH 40 0.68 4.53 $ 29.23 $ 60,790
Merced, CA 40 0.63 4.16 $ 15.15 $ 31,500
Abilene, TX 40 0.63 4.15 $ 23.23 $ 48,310
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 0.62 4.13 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
El Paso, TX 190 0.61 4.06 $ 17.78 $ 36,980




Top paying metropolitan areas for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 230 0.09 0.59 $ 38.84 $ 80,790
Knoxville, TN 110 0.28 1.89 $ 37.27 $ 77,510
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 310 0.12 0.79 $ 37.00 $ 76,950
Anchorage, AK 80 0.48 3.20 $ 35.92 $ 74,710
Colorado Springs, CO 40 0.13 0.84 $ 35.32 $ 73,460
Baton Rouge, LA 150 0.40 2.67 $ 34.21 $ 71,150
Ogden-Clearfield, UT 40 0.16 1.06 $ 33.90 $ 70,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 70 0.03 0.17 $ 33.75 $ 70,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 0.63 $ 33.50 $ 69,690
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.19 1.23 $ 33.22 $ 69,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.32 2.12 $ 24.56 $ 51,090
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.30 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 2.25 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 90 0.42 2.82 $ 23.15 $ 48,150
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 3.90 $ 24.43 $ 50,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 4.74 $ 25.08 $ 52,170
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.66 4.35 $ 20.39 $ 42,420
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 3.99 $ 22.50 $ 46,810
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.59 3.90 $ 24.43 $ 50,810
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 100 0.50 3.30 $ 22.48 $ 46,760

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Occupational Health and Safety Technicians:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 1.92 $ 36.62 $ 76,180
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.02 $ 31.73 $ 66,000
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 1.40 $ 30.32 $ 63,070
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.43 2.87 $ 29.47 $ 61,290
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.98 $ 27.50 $ 57,200


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021