Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

29-9012 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)
16,560 2.2 % $25.25 $52,520 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.82 $18.08 $23.47 $30.39 $38.46
Annual Wage (2) $30,820 $37,610 $48,820 $63,200 $79,990


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 (OES Designation) 2,270 0.04 $23.80 $49,510
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.11 $24.62 $51,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,130 0.02 $23.80 $49,510
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 800 0.03 $24.55 $51,060
Support Activities for Mining 630 0.22 $26.92 $55,990

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 180 0.33 $29.34 $61,020
Waste Treatment and Disposal 200 0.22 $28.75 $59,800
Support Activities for Mining 630 0.22 $26.92 $55,990
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.16 $32.52 $67,640
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.11 $24.62 $51,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.04 $36.60 $76,130
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.16 $32.52 $67,640
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 100 0.07 $30.95 $64,370
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 300 0.08 $29.65 $61,670
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing (8) (8) $29.45 $61,250


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 3,150 0.27 2.28 $24.36 $50,670
California 1,290 0.08 0.68 $28.32 $58,910
Ohio 790 0.15 1.26 $23.86 $49,630
Pennsylvania 750 0.13 1.11 $22.38 $46,550
New York 730 0.08 0.68 $27.64 $57,490




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)
Louisiana 680 0.35 2.99 $25.79 $53,650
North Dakota 140 0.33 2.76 $25.93 $53,930
Alaska 100 0.29 2.50 $32.04 $66,650
Texas 3,150 0.27 2.28 $24.36 $50,670
Wyoming 70 0.24 2.04 $23.11 $48,060




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 50 0.08 0.66 $36.34 $75,590
Alaska 100 0.29 2.50 $32.04 $66,650
Rhode Island 50 0.11 0.90 $30.88 $64,240
Illinois 590 0.10 0.85 $30.30 $63,020
Colorado 210 0.08 0.70 $30.05 $62,510





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 1,050 0.36 3.03 $26.31 $54,730
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 680 0.10 0.87 $28.67 $59,640
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.11 9.44 $28.17 $58,590
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 430 0.18 1.50 $24.45 $50,850
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.78 $32.06 $66,690
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 310 0.32 2.68 $20.56 $42,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.06 0.48 $25.39 $52,820
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 200 0.08 0.66 $24.01 $49,930
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 200 0.20 1.70 $24.79 $51,550
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 200 0.10 0.86 $26.16 $54,410




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)
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.11 9.44 $28.17 $58,590
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 0.59 5.01 $28.61 $59,520
Midland, TX 50 0.58 4.89 $20.37 $42,370
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 40 0.49 4.19 $25.11 $52,230
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.47 3.97 $26.25 $54,600
Kennewick-Richland, WA 50 0.45 3.80 $41.68 $86,700
Lubbock, TX 60 0.43 3.62 $22.90 $47,640
Knoxville, TN 140 0.36 3.03 $32.63 $67,860
Iowa City, IA 30 0.36 3.06 $23.34 $48,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,050 0.36 3.03 $26.31 $54,730




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)
Kennewick-Richland, WA 50 0.45 3.80 $41.68 $86,700
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 0.89 $37.67 $78,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $34.86 $72,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.52 $34.61 $71,990
Anchorage, AK 30 0.17 1.47 $34.11 $70,940
Knoxville, TN 140 0.36 3.03 $32.63 $67,860
Corpus Christi, TX 70 0.35 3.01 $32.14 $66,840
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.78 $32.06 $66,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.06 0.49 $31.21 $64,920
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 50 0.11 0.95 $30.84 $64,150

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 Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 5.20 $26.46 $55,030
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 3.09 $13.39 $27,860
North Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 2.06 $20.09 $41,780
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 4.90 $24.37 $50,700
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 1.91 $22.81 $47,430

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 Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 5.20 $26.46 $55,030
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 5.10 (8) (8)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 4.99 $29.12 $60,560
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 4.90 $24.37 $50,700
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 4.87 $28.07 $58,390

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)
West Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.29 2.48 $30.77 $64,010
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 4.99 $29.12 $60,560
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 1.21 $28.25 $58,760
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 4.87 $28.07 $58,390
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 5.20 $26.46 $55,030


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017