Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
76,630 1.1 % $34.85 $72,480 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.86 $26.12 $34.09 $42.33 $50.22
Annual Wage (2) $41,320 $54,320 $70,920 $88,050 $104,460


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) 7,070 0.35 $38.46 $79,990
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,950 0.13 $30.19 $62,790
State Government (OES Designation) 6,130 0.28 $28.96 $60,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,240 0.39 $35.41 $73,660
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,090 0.06 $34.38 $71,520

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 1,030 1.09 $33.36 $69,380
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,430 0.79 $45.06 $93,730
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 690 0.62 $40.01 $83,220
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 550 0.60 $41.14 $85,560
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 210 0.58 $39.20 $81,540

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,430 0.79 $45.06 $93,730
Other Pipeline Transportation 30 0.41 $42.68 $88,780
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,540 0.23 $42.34 $88,060
Insurance Carriers 510 0.04 $42.01 $87,390
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 110 0.05 $41.50 $86,320


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 11,560 0.98 1.80 $35.53 $73,900
California 6,260 0.39 0.72 $40.08 $83,360
Ohio 3,790 0.71 1.30 $33.98 $70,690
New York 3,230 0.36 0.65 $34.58 $71,930
Pennsylvania 3,160 0.55 1.01 $33.64 $69,970




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)
Alaska 520 1.61 2.95 $41.73 $86,800
Wyoming 380 1.38 2.52 $37.02 $77,000
Montana 510 1.13 2.07 $30.64 $63,720
South Carolina 2,150 1.09 1.99 $28.02 $58,280
New Mexico 870 1.08 1.99 $33.60 $69,890




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 410 0.59 1.07 $44.24 $92,030
North Dakota 380 0.89 1.64 $42.70 $88,810
Rhode Island 90 0.18 0.34 $42.00 $87,360
Maryland 1,250 0.47 0.87 $42.00 $87,360
Alaska 520 1.61 2.95 $41.73 $86,800





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 4,600 1.57 2.87 $39.46 $82,080
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,660 0.25 0.46 $37.00 $76,960
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.58 1.07 $35.88 $74,640
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.30 0.56 $38.97 $81,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,170 0.47 0.86 $41.12 $85,520
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 1,060 1.09 2.00 $26.84 $55,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,010 0.53 0.97 $38.05 $79,140
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 950 0.26 0.48 $33.24 $69,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 900 0.57 1.04 $39.92 $83,030
Columbus, OH 880 0.86 1.58 $33.91 $70,540