Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

17-2111 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

Promote worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. Includes industrial product safety engineers.


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)
23,170 2.1 % $37.76 $78,540 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.57 $28.29 $36.28 $46.49 $56.06
Annual Wage (2) $44,860 $58,840 $75,470 $96,700 $116,610


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)
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,460 0.38 $35.73 $74,310
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,760 0.17 $37.02 $76,990
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,630 0.13 $40.57 $84,380
State Government (OES Designation) 1,270 0.06 $38.55 $80,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,090 0.02 $33.74 $70,190

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Pipeline Transportation 50 0.72 $38.03 $79,100
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 740 0.52 $40.73 $84,720
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 350 0.40 $41.68 $86,690
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,460 0.38 $35.73 $74,310
Waste Treatment and Disposal 350 0.36 $37.83 $78,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 190 0.12 $48.96 $101,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 750 0.04 $48.61 $101,100
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers (8) (8) $44.24 $92,030
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.14 $43.81 $91,120
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 230 0.06 $43.37 $90,220


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)
California 2,420 0.17 0.95 $42.35 $88,090
Texas 2,240 0.22 1.20 $41.17 $85,630
Pennsylvania 1,350 0.24 1.35 $31.88 $66,320
New York 1,250 0.15 0.82 $40.70 $84,660
Florida 1,110 0.16 0.86 $31.46 $65,430




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)
Alaska 190 0.60 3.33 $49.76 $103,500
Idaho 280 0.47 2.59 $39.61 $82,380
Louisiana 660 0.36 1.99 $29.28 $60,890
West Virginia 240 0.35 1.92 $32.84 $68,310
Rhode Island 150 0.34 1.86 $40.43 $84,090




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.60 3.33 $49.76 $103,500
New Jersey 590 0.16 0.87 $46.38 $96,470
District of Columbia 90 0.13 0.74 $44.52 $92,600
Massachusetts 570 0.18 1.00 $44.13 $91,780
Washington 600 0.22 1.21 $43.00 $89,440





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 1,070 0.42 2.32 $42.96 $89,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 0.15 0.83 $43.07 $89,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 650 0.29 1.62 $35.58 $74,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.16 0.86 $42.60 $88,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 590 0.32 1.79 $30.75 $63,970
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 410 0.34 1.89 $38.25 $79,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.19 1.05 $40.12 $83,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 350 0.21 1.14 $44.07 $91,670
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.36 2.01 $41.08 $85,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 310 0.18 1.00 $37.49 $77,980




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 290 2.96 16.39 $45.41 $94,460
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.40 7.73 $48.23 $100,310
Lewiston, ID-WA 30 1.28 7.10 $21.60 $44,920
Lafayette, LA 150 1.04 5.74 $19.83 $41,260
Peoria, IL 150 0.87 4.81 $34.98 $72,760
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 130 0.81 4.47 $37.08 $77,130
Decatur, AL 40 0.76 4.18 $43.88 $91,270
Anchorage, AK 110 0.68 3.74 $49.70 $103,380
Morgantown, WV 40 0.66 3.67 $41.34 $86,000
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 40 0.62 3.42 $40.67 $84,590




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)
Columbus, OH 150 0.16 0.90 $56.68 $117,900
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 250 0.26 1.45 $53.37 $111,020
Victoria, TX (8) (8) (8) $52.04 $108,230
Anchorage, AK 110 0.68 3.74 $49.70 $103,380
Huntsville, AL 90 0.43 2.40 $48.46 $100,800
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.40 7.73 $48.23 $100,310
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 260 0.32 1.80 $46.31 $96,330
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.15 0.83 $46.01 $95,710
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.18 1.01 $45.76 $95,180
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 290 2.96 16.39 $45.41 $94,460

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)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.47 8.15 $46.91 $97,570
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 4.80 $51.53 $107,180
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.71 20.57 $42.98 $89,400
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 2.08 $37.32 $77,620
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.79 $25.70 $53,460

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)
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.71 20.57 $42.98 $89,400
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.47 8.15 $46.91 $97,570
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.87 4.80 $51.53 $107,180
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.60 3.34 $26.26 $54,630
Northwestern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 2.11 $31.30 $65,100

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 60 0.87 4.80 $51.53 $107,180
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 1.47 8.15 $46.91 $97,570
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.71 20.57 $42.98 $89,400
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 1.39 $42.34 $88,080
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 40 0.19 1.03 $37.94 $78,920


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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