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Occupational Safety Specialist Earnings

The median annual wage for occupational health and safety specialists was $69,210 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,760, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $101,000.

In May 2014, the median annual wages for occupational health and safety specialists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Federal government, excluding postal service: $76,620
  • Manufacturing: 70,390
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services: 70,210
  • Construction: 65,190
  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals: 59,600

Most occupational health and safety specialists work full time. Some specialists may work weekends or irregular hours in emergencies.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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