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Safety Management Insights

What Are Safety Managers Really Worth?

Posted by Don Brown on May 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM


As a safety manager, it’s your responsibility to update safety policies, create training programs, track incidents and carry out a wide variety of other tasks to ensure your workers’ safety. Do you know what all that work is really worth? We all like to know the bottom-line impact of our jobs—especially when we might be overdue for a raise! Here are a few eye-opening statistics on the net worth of safety managers. 

Safety Professional Average Salary 

According to EHS Today and Career Builder, the “safety and health engineer” (EHS) position is one of the nation’s seven fastest-growing jobs, with an average annual salary of $75,000. PayScale.com also reports the median salary to be $65,510, with a range between $40,720 and $97,628.

What’s more, The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that safety manager job growth will increase by 13 percent from now until 2020, and a study commissioned by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows the demand for EHS professionals will outpace the number of students graduating from related programs in the next five years. Given the growing economy, development of new industries and increasingly stringent OSHA requirements, safety managers’ time and skills are only becoming more valuable.

Tasks and Job Responsibilities

You know your own day-to-day responsibilities, but what expectations and daily to-dos contribute to those growing salary figures? They include:

• Leading incident investigations and preparing materials for hearings and insurance investigations

• Designing and carrying out training programs for all employees

• Conducting and coordinating safety inspections

• Developing new policies and procedures for worker health and safety

• Ensuring compliance with OSHA requirements and other applicable laws

These tasks typically require an EHS professional to split time between job sites – where they oversee worker safety during projects—and offices—where they file reports, make calls and complete paperwork. These responsibilities require an extensive working knowledge of health and safety practices, injury prevention strategies and the legal implications of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Educational Requirements

Just a few decades ago, the safety manager was often someone who had paid his dues as a line worker and moved up through the ranks. Today, it’s becoming increasingly common to see recent college graduates coming to the position with a fresh perspective. Although they lack familiarity with the company and its workers, they tend to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a more standardized education in best practices. 

Safety managers typically have educational backgrounds in the environmental or engineering fields, with an emphasis on logistics. Aside from specific educational requirements, the job also demands a great deal of wisdom, interpersonal skills and experience.

A safety manager’s responsibilities continue to expand, and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day to do all the work that needs to be done. For a few tips to help you be more efficient, check out this free resource, 9 Ways to Make Your Job As A Safety Manager Easier.

9 Ways to Make Your Job as a Safety Manager Easier