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Salary Survey 2018

October 28, 2018
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The results of Safety+Health’s 2018 Salary Survey are in.

S+H heard from 1,059 occupational safety and health professionals, who shared information on topics such as education, experience and raises.

Once again, the typical respondent is a man in his 50s, holds the job title of manager, and earns between $100,000 and $125,999.

Other information about the respondents:

  • 27.8 percent have worked in the safety and health field for more than 20 years.
  • 45 percent have worked for their current employer for four years or less.
  • Respondents worked mainly in manufacturing (32.7 percent), construction (22.7 percent) and public administration/government (10.9 percent). Rounding out the top five were services and education (10 percent) and utilities (5.8 percent).
  • Most respondents (42.3 percent) have a four-year college degree, and 28.1 percent have attended some college. In comparison, 24.2 percent have an advanced degree, and 5.4 percent are high school graduates.
  • Texas (7.7 percent), California (6.8 percent), Pennsylvania and Illinois (5.6 percent), and Ohio (5 percent) were the most represented states.
  • 20 percent of respondents say they do not expect to receive a raise this year, and nearly three-quarters (74.3 percent) say their compensation is not based on their employer’s safety performance.


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Region

To take a closer look at the survey results, respondents were grouped into seven regions.

The region with the largest percentage of high salaries in 2018 is the Pacific and Mountain region, which includes California, Colorado and Washington. In that region, 37.3 percent of respondents make at least $100,000 a year. The New England region – representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – is close behind. More than a third of its respondents (36.6 percent) say they earn six figures.

The South Atlantic region – which comprises Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida – comes in third, with 32.4 percent of its respondents making at least $100,000.

A notable change is that the Mid-Atlantic region, which reported the highest salaries in last year’s salary survey, dropped to fifth in 2018. Less than a third of respondents (30.7 percent) in the region – which comprises New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania – report making more than $100,000.