Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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.

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)
36,360 1.9 % $25.54 $53,110 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.71 $19.03 $24.79 $31.43 $38.24
Annual Wage (2) $30,590 $39,580 $51,570 $65,370 $79,530

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) 7,010 $23.99 $49,910
State government (OES designation) 5,490 $21.58 $44,890
General medical and surgical hospitals 2,780 $24.43 $50,810
Federal government (OES designation) 1,260 $34.94 $72,670
Colleges and universities 1,200 $24.89 $51,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Federal government (OES designation) 1,260 $34.94 $72,670
Wired telecommunications carriers 90 $34.91 $72,610
Motor vehicle manufacturing 70 $34.29 $71,320
Rail transportation 130 $33.56 $69,810
Oil and gas extraction 230 $33.23 $69,130

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 530 $16.33 $33,970 0.060%
Wyoming 140 $27.83 $57,890 0.057%
Washington 1,470 $28.41 $59,090 0.057%
New Mexico 420 $23.93 $49,760 0.056%
Alaska 160 $32.26 $67,090 0.055%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 120 $38.15 $79,360 0.020%
Alaska 160 $32.26 $67,090 0.055%
Massachusetts 1,060 $30.21 $62,830 0.034%
Illinois 960 $29.81 $62,010 0.017%
Maryland 790 $29.44 $61,230 0.032%

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 200 $33.81 $70,330 0.248%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 450 $27.17 $56,510 0.206%
Olympia, WA PMSA 140 $25.35 $52,730 0.161%
Columbia, SC MSA 330 $17.86 $37,150 0.113%
Dover, DE MSA 60 $27.22 $56,620 0.108%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL MSA (7) $44.23 $92,000 (7)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 270 $33.85 $70,410 0.028%
Richland-Kennewick-Pasco, WA MSA 200 $33.81 $70,330 0.248%
Tucson, AZ MSA 60 $33.14 $68,920 0.018%
San Jose, CA PMSA 150 $32.81 $68,240 0.018%

About May 2004 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2004 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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