Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
44,700 3.0 % $23.85 $49,610 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.73 $17.33 $23.24 $29.55 $35.83
Annual Wage (2) $26,480 $36,050 $48,330 $61,470 $74,520

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Local government (OES designation) 8,220 $22.71 $47,240
State government (OES designation) 5,950 $21.05 $43,780
General medical and surgical hospitals 4,260 $20.38 $42,390
Federal government (OES designation) 2,350 $32.34 $67,260
Colleges and universities 1,930 $20.75 $43,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Oil and gas extraction 250 $33.54 $69,770
Motor vehicle manufacturing 80 $33.45 $69,570
Pipeline transportation of crude oil 60 $33.18 $69,000
Federal government (OES designation) 2,350 $32.34 $67,260
Wired telecommunications carriers 90 $32.24 $67,050

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
Nebraska 670 $15.41 $32,060 0.076%
Alaska 210 $33.78 $70,250 0.072%
Wyoming 170 $24.35 $50,650 0.071%
South Carolina 1,200 $18.15 $37,750 0.068%
Kentucky 1,080 $23.46 $48,800 0.063%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 110 $36.50 $75,910 0.018%
Alaska 210 $33.78 $70,250 0.072%
West Virginia 400 $28.80 $59,910 0.059%
Utah 460 $27.34 $56,870 0.044%
Massachusetts 1,140 $27.27 $56,730 0.036%

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
Trenton, NJ PMSA 380 $27.73 $57,670 0.175%
Olympia, WA PMSA 140 $24.92 $51,840 0.164%
Columbia, SC MSA 440 $17.42 $36,230 0.154%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 120 $31.99 $66,530 0.150%
Dover, DE MSA 70 $25.57 $53,180 0.131%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tucson, AZ MSA 70 $39.33 $81,810 0.021%
Anchorage, AK MSA 110 $33.41 $69,500 0.080%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 260 $32.60 $67,810 0.027%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA 60 $32.42 $67,430 0.034%
Boulder-Longmont, CO PMSA 50 $32.11 $66,800 0.033%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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