Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
17,490 2.1 % $25.93 $53,930 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.22 $18.45 $24.02 $30.88 $39.52
Annual Wage (2) $31,650 $38,380 $49,960 $64,220 $82,190


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) 2,240 0.04 $24.43 $50,820
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,340 0.10 $24.38 $50,700
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 950 0.02 $24.89 $51,770
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 900 0.03 $26.06 $54,210
Truck Transportation 690 0.05 $21.35 $44,400

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 170 0.34 $29.35 $61,050
Waste Treatment and Disposal 220 0.23 $28.90 $60,110
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 50 0.23 $22.40 $46,580
Support Activities for Mining 600 0.22 $26.86 $55,860
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.14 $35.18 $73,180

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 250 0.04 $38.77 $80,650
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $36.75 $76,430
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.14 $35.18 $73,180
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $32.81 $68,240
Support Activities for Crop Production 40 0.01 $32.78 $68,180


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 3,000 0.25 2.05 $25.33 $52,680
California 1,430 0.09 0.70 $29.18 $60,690
Ohio 830 0.15 1.26 $25.11 $52,240
Louisiana 830 0.43 3.54 $26.67 $55,470
New York 790 0.09 0.70 $29.72 $61,820




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 830 0.43 3.54 $26.67 $55,470
North Dakota 140 0.34 2.81 $26.97 $56,090
Wyoming 70 0.28 2.26 $25.41 $52,860
Alaska 80 0.26 2.13 $29.47 $61,290
Texas 3,000 0.25 2.05 $25.33 $52,680




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 100 0.14 1.14 $37.72 $78,460
Washington (8) (8) (8) $32.45 $67,490
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.74 $31.16 $64,820
South Carolina 380 0.19 1.52 $30.65 $63,760
Massachusetts 200 0.06 0.46 $30.45 $63,340



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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 1,000 0.34 2.78 $27.69 $57,600
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 700 0.11 0.86 $30.00 $62,400
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.13 9.22 $29.78 $61,950
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 440 0.18 1.44 $25.81 $53,680
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 380 0.10 0.85 $30.99 $64,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.07 0.53 $30.36 $63,160
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 260 0.13 1.06 $27.95 $58,130
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 220 0.99 8.08 $28.95 $60,210
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 200 0.20 1.61 $22.86 $47,550
Austin-Round Rock, TX 190 0.19 1.58 $25.69 $53,430


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 440 1.13 9.22 $29.78 $61,950
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 220 0.99 8.08 $28.95 $60,210
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 50 0.65 5.28 $26.27 $54,640
Midland, TX 60 0.63 5.17 $21.88 $45,510
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 100 0.63 5.14 $26.68 $55,490
Kennewick-Richland, WA 70 0.62 5.04 $39.92 $83,020
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 60 0.55 4.49 $26.29 $54,680
Lafayette, LA 110 0.54 4.38 $19.09 $39,700
College Station-Bryan, TX 50 0.45 3.68 $17.91 $37,260
Greeley, CO 40 0.43 3.51 $27.42 $57,030


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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 70 0.62 5.04 $39.92 $83,020
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.09 0.69 $38.32 $79,700
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 80 0.05 0.37 $38.10 $79,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 170 0.07 0.56 $35.19 $73,190
Lake Charles, LA 30 0.28 2.30 $35.12 $73,050
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA (8) (8) (8) $34.17 $71,070
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 70 0.17 1.35 $34.15 $71,030
Corpus Christi, TX 80 0.42 3.42 $33.41 $69,490
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 50 0.04 0.35 $33.25 $69,160
Knoxville, TN 90 0.24 1.93 $31.39 $65,300

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 80 0.52 4.21 $21.87 $45,490
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.11 $14.67 $30,520
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 2.11 $19.26 $40,070
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 2.82 $31.48 $65,480
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.24 1.95 $24.20 $50,330

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)
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 5.57 $28.84 $59,980
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 4.21 $21.87 $45,490
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.45 3.71 $22.65 $47,100
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 3.16 $24.12 $50,160
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.11 $14.67 $30,520

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 Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.35 2.82 $31.48 $65,480
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 5.57 $28.84 $59,980
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 40 0.11 0.93 $28.51 $59,310
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 2.16 $28.46 $59,200
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.20 1.61 $27.67 $57,560


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018