Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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. Includes environmental protection officers.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
54,680 1.1 % $31.54 $65,610 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.64 $23.76 $31.09 $38.67 $45.28
Annual Wage (2) $38,780 $49,410 $64,660 $80,430 $94,180


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 7,240 0.36 $37.08 $77,120
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,900 0.12 $27.62 $57,440
State Government (OES Designation) 6,400 0.28 $28.83 $59,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 3,150 0.32 $29.48 $61,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,580 0.05 $30.91 $64,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 750 0.63 $34.34 $71,430
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 590 0.53 $35.88 $74,630
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 710 0.50 $34.13 $71,000
Metal Ore Mining 170 0.49 $34.13 $71,000
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing 170 0.48 $32.61 $67,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners (8) (8) $40.96 $85,200
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.47 $39.27 $81,690
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40 (7) $39.03 $81,190
Oil and Gas Extraction 430 0.28 $37.59 $78,190
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,180 0.19 $37.53 $78,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 6,240 0.62 1.44 $30.50 $63,440
California 5,160 0.37 0.86 $36.36 $75,630
New York 2,910 0.35 0.81 $30.09 $62,600
Pennsylvania 2,460 0.45 1.04 $29.14 $60,620
Ohio 2,450 0.50 1.16 $32.70 $68,020




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 330 1.24 2.87 $30.82 $64,110
Delaware 430 1.09 2.54 $29.94 $62,280
Alaska 290 0.93 2.15 $37.89 $78,800
Washington 2,180 0.81 1.88 $34.59 $71,940
West Virginia 510 0.75 1.73 $32.12 $66,810




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 440 0.68 1.59 $41.96 $87,280
Alaska 290 0.93 2.15 $37.89 $78,800
Rhode Island 100 0.23 0.54 $36.76 $76,470
California 5,160 0.37 0.86 $36.36 $75,630
Maryland 960 0.39 0.90 $35.86 $74,580

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,360 0.95 2.20 $32.05 $66,660
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.28 0.64 $30.74 $63,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.33 0.77 $33.29 $69,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 970 0.42 0.98 $38.98 $81,080
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 880 0.44 1.02 $30.55 $63,550
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 800 0.48 1.11 $32.13 $66,840
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 770 0.94 2.19 $39.99 $83,190
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 720 0.54 1.25 $35.30 $73,430
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 630 0.88 2.04 $30.76 $63,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 620 0.37 0.86 $35.98 $74,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 570 5.90 13.71 $36.86 $76,680
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 500 2.31 5.38 $36.06 $75,000
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.94 4.51 $32.22 $67,020
Morgantown, WV 90 1.50 3.48 $32.98 $68,610
Victoria, TX 60 1.39 3.22 $35.55 $73,950
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 420 1.38 3.20 $22.87 $47,580
Casper, WY 50 1.33 3.10 $28.45 $59,190
Dover, DE 70 1.28 2.98 $22.09 $45,950
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.25 2.89 $41.25 $85,800
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 370 1.16 2.70 $32.01 $66,580




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 70 0.43 1.00 $45.34 $94,310
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 100 1.25 2.89 $41.25 $85,800
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.35 0.81 $40.59 $84,440
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 180 0.21 0.49 $40.49 $84,220
Knoxville, TN 180 0.57 1.33 $40.36 $83,950
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 770 0.94 2.19 $39.99 $83,190
Salinas, CA 30 0.22 0.51 $39.76 $82,700
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 170 0.32 0.73 $39.20 $81,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 970 0.42 0.98 $38.98 $81,080
Boulder, CO 70 0.44 1.03 $38.91 $80,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 2.00 4.66 $30.50 $63,450
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 2.09 4.86 $33.78 $70,260
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.40 3.26 $34.80 $72,380
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.69 8.57 $34.20 $71,140
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 170 1.08 2.52 $28.51 $59,290

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 180 3.69 8.57 $34.20 $71,140
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 120 2.31 5.36 $34.12 $70,960
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 240 2.09 4.86 $33.78 $70,260
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 270 2.00 4.66 $30.50 $63,450
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.78 4.14 $34.27 $71,270

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 110 1.58 3.66 $44.63 $92,840
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 60 0.44 1.01 $38.16 $79,380
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 0.75 1.75 $35.48 $73,810
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.26 0.60 $35.04 $72,890
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 1.40 3.26 $34.80 $72,380


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 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: May 17, 2011

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