Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

29-9010 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians

This broad occupation includes the following two detailed occupations:

29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Include environmental protection officers.

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.

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Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
39,060 2.0 % $22.85 $47,530 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.06 $16.48 $22.12 $27.99 $34.35
Annual Wage (2) $25,080 $34,280 $46,010 $58,230 $71,450

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Local government (OES designation) 6,940 $21.44 $44,590 1 73
State government (OES designation) 5,320 $21.32 $44,350 2 77
General medical and surgical hospitals 4,010 $19.23 $40,000 3 103
Federal government (OES designation) 2,380 $30.40 $63,230 4 7
Colleges and universities 1,330 $20.17 $41,950 5 89

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Oil and gas extraction 240 $33.54 $69,750 26 1
Wired telecommunications carriers 90 $32.16 $66,890 56 2
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. 210 $31.72 $65,980 31 3
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 110 $31.41 $65,340 45 4
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 380 $31.20 $64,900 13 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Carolina 1,430 $15.99 $33,270 0.081% 278
Nebraska 590 $15.24 $31,710 0.068% 260
Kentucky 1,140 $22.53 $46,850 0.066% 110
Louisiana 1,090 $21.40 $44,500 0.059% 150
Alaska 170 $36.87 $76,690 0.059% 20

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 170 $36.87 $76,690 0.059% 20
District of Columbia 140 $30.76 $63,980 0.024% 82
Utah 310 $28.02 $58,280 0.030% 72
West Virginia 320 $27.80 $57,820 0.047% 52
Colorado 660 $26.05 $54,190 0.031% 119

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 180 $27.64 $57,490 0.227%
Columbia, SC MSA 490 $16.61 $34,550 0.171%
Olympia, WA PMSA 140 $24.66 $51,300 0.164%
Dover, DE MSA 60 $26.51 $55,140 0.113%
Clarksville-Hopkinsville, TN-KY MSA 70 $19.39 $40,330 0.107%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Anchorage, AK MSA 90 $36.11 $75,110 0.066%
Rochester, NY MSA 140 $31.50 $65,510 0.027%
Oakland, CA PMSA 190 $30.33 $63,090 0.019%
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA (6) $30.14 $62,700 (6)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSA 180 $29.46 $61,270 0.040%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. 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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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 mean 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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