Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
81,330 0.9 % $35.38 $73,600 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.04 $26.48 $34.51 $43.06 $50.88
Annual Wage (2) $41,670 $55,080 $71,780 $89,570 $105,840


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) 7,230 0.13 $30.67 $63,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,110 0.35 $39.56 $82,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 6,210 0.28 $29.90 $62,190
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 5,450 0.40 $35.13 $73,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises 3,390 0.15 $40.42 $84,070

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 1,070 1.12 $33.68 $70,060
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 100 0.83 $48.85 $101,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,040 0.77 $43.42 $90,320
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 770 0.69 $39.34 $81,830
Support Activities for Mining 1,610 0.59 $37.43 $77,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 100 0.83 $48.85 $101,610
Oil and Gas Extraction 1,040 0.77 $43.42 $90,320
Natural Gas Distribution 300 0.26 $43.31 $90,080
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,630 0.25 $42.42 $88,220
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 770 0.16 $42.17 $87,700


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 11,660 0.98 1.72 $36.14 $75,160
California 7,050 0.42 0.74 $40.72 $84,690
Ohio 4,160 0.78 1.36 $35.00 $72,810
Pennsylvania 3,670 0.64 1.11 $33.28 $69,220
New York 3,440 0.37 0.66 $36.44 $75,790




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 480 1.51 2.65 $41.39 $86,080
Wyoming 400 1.49 2.61 $35.68 $74,210
Montana 540 1.18 2.07 $31.91 $66,370
New Mexico 880 1.10 1.93 $34.62 $72,010
South Carolina 2,090 1.04 1.82 $29.03 $60,370




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 0.37 $44.52 $92,600
District of Columbia 500 0.71 1.24 $44.31 $92,170
Alaska 480 1.51 2.65 $41.39 $86,080
North Dakota 410 0.99 1.73 $40.74 $84,730
California 7,050 0.42 0.74 $40.72 $84,690



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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 4,370 1.49 2.61 $39.05 $81,230
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.28 0.50 $40.06 $83,320
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,520 0.61 1.07 $36.67 $76,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.33 0.58 $40.72 $84,690
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.53 0.93 $40.83 $84,930
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.31 0.54 $36.50 $75,920
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,040 0.54 0.95 $38.85 $80,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,020 0.71 1.24 $43.34 $90,150
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 980 0.60 1.05 $40.69 $84,630
Columbus, OH 970 0.93 1.64 $36.35 $75,600


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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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 450 4.06 7.12 $40.77 $84,800
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 820 3.74 6.56 $32.12 $66,820
Midland, TX 270 3.01 5.27 $40.50 $84,250
Farmington, NM 130 2.72 4.77 $30.32 $63,060
Beckley, WV 100 2.30 4.02 $40.00 $83,200
Trenton, NJ 510 2.24 3.93 $39.43 $82,010
Odessa, TX 140 2.09 3.67 $34.26 $71,270
Carson City, NV 60 2.09 3.66 $27.15 $56,460
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 320 1.97 3.46 $37.15 $77,280
Midland, MI 70 1.90 3.33 $30.95 $64,370