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Salary Survey 2013

Are you fairly compensated?

November 1, 2013

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Are you fairly compensated for the work you perform? When asked, 59.2 percent of respondents to Safety+Health’s 2013 Salary Survey said “yes.” Explanations for the response varied, from saying experience or expertise justified the salary, to believing that a nice benefits package or flexible schedule made up for a lower salary. Respondents in the “no” camp often cited their education, experience or workload as reasons why they should earn more. At the same time, these respondents acknowledged that salaries are sometimes shaped by factors outside of their control, such as the slow-recovering economy or industry patterns.

The issue of fairness aside, compensation seems to have remained stable or even improved for some safety professionals. More respondents said they earned between $100,000- $125,999 (16.4 percent) than any other range, followed by $70,000-$79,999 (13.4 percent) and $60,000-$69,999 (12.6 percent). That order is the same as last year, and an improvement from 2011, when the most frequent income level was $70,000-$79,999. Also, compared to last year, a higher percentage of respondents in each job category expected to receive a bonus, except among managers and specialists.

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