Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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
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)
10,040 2.5 % $22.85 $47,520 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.26 $16.81 $21.79 $27.83 $34.72
Annual Wage (2) $27,580 $34,960 $45,330 $57,890 $72,220


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)
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,880 0.03 $22.71 $47,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 850 0.02 $21.17 $44,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 600 0.06 $21.68 $45,090
State Government (OES Designation) 540 0.02 $19.54 $40,640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 470 0.02 $21.16 $44,000

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waste Treatment and Disposal 230 0.24 $25.45 $52,940
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 250 0.21 $27.62 $57,450
Metal Ore Mining 50 0.15 $25.31 $52,640
Support Activities for Mining 350 0.13 $29.60 $61,560
Coal Mining 90 0.11 $24.68 $51,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction (8) (8) $34.05 $70,820
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 210 0.05 $29.62 $61,610
Support Activities for Mining 350 0.13 $29.60 $61,560
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $28.27 $58,810
Rail Transportation 40 0.02 $28.25 $58,760


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 1,240 0.12 1.56 $24.01 $49,940
California 750 0.05 0.68 $25.70 $53,450
Ohio 700 0.14 1.80 $21.24 $44,170
New York 630 0.08 0.95 $23.51 $48,910
Washington 460 0.17 2.18 $27.04 $56,250




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)
District of Columbia 160 0.25 3.14 $17.66 $36,730
Utah 210 0.18 2.27 $22.43 $46,660
Washington 460 0.17 2.18 $27.04 $56,250
Indiana 390 0.14 1.82 $16.56 $34,440
Ohio 700 0.14 1.80 $21.24 $44,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.12 1.48 $36.19 $75,270
Nevada 90 0.08 1.00 $27.08 $56,330
Washington 460 0.17 2.18 $27.04 $56,250
Colorado 110 0.05 0.63 $27.01 $56,190
Arizona 110 0.05 0.58 $26.51 $55,130

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 390 0.16 1.99 $28.70 $59,690
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 270 2.84 35.92 $29.23 $60,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.85 $22.90 $47,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 240 0.11 1.34 $21.64 $45,010
Baltimore-Towson, MD 170 0.14 1.75 $24.14 $50,210
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 170 0.10 1.27 $27.33 $56,840
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 160 0.16 2.05 $22.47 $46,730
Salt Lake City, UT 150 0.25 3.22 $22.87 $47,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 140 0.07 0.91 $21.89 $45,540
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 140 0.17 2.12 $14.64 $30,460




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 270 2.84 35.92 $29.23 $60,810
Evansville, IN-KY 60 0.35 4.41 $20.31 $42,240
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 50 0.29 3.72 $20.91 $43,490
Salt Lake City, UT 150 0.25 3.22 $22.87 $47,560
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 60 0.24 2.99 (8) (8)
Knoxville, TN 60 0.19 2.41 $30.99 $64,450
New Haven, CT 50 0.17 2.18 $27.00 $56,170
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.17 2.18 $25.28 $52,580
Winston-Salem, NC 30 0.17 2.14 $17.44 $36,280
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 140 0.17 2.12 $14.64 $30,460




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)
Knoxville, TN 60 0.19 2.41 $30.99 $64,450
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 50 0.06 0.70 $29.38 $61,100
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 110 0.09 1.08 $29.28 $60,900
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 270 2.84 35.92 $29.23 $60,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 390 0.16 1.99 $28.70 $59,690
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.09 1.15 $28.58 $59,440
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.02 0.29 $27.94 $58,120
Longview, TX (8) (8) (8) $27.78 $57,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 170 0.10 1.27 $27.33 $56,840
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 80 0.05 0.61 $27.26 $56,690

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.63 $19.26 $40,060
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.09 $20.56 $42,760
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 3.29 $18.02 $37,480
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 1.34 $25.46 $52,960

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)
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 3.29 $18.02 $37,480
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.13 1.63 $19.26 $40,060
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 1.34 $25.46 $52,960
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.09 $20.56 $42,760

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)
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.49 $57,180
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 1.34 $25.46 $52,960
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.24 $52,510
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.16 $50,250
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 1.09 $20.56 $42,760


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.

(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

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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