Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
11,090 2.6 % $23.19 $48,240 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.23 $16.96 $22.13 $28.34 $35.27
Annual Wage (2) $27,520 $35,270 $46,030 $58,940 $73,360


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) 1,850 0.03 $22.93 $47,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 720 0.01 $22.16 $46,080
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 710 0.07 $20.79 $43,240
State Government (OES Designation) 610 0.03 $20.34 $42,320
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 560 0.02 $21.29 $44,270

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 380 0.30 $31.18 $64,860
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.17 $24.99 $51,970
Support Activities for Mining 500 0.16 $27.18 $56,540
Coal Mining 130 0.16 $26.54 $55,190
Waste Treatment and Disposal 140 0.15 $23.00 $47,840

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) $36.72 $76,370
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 380 0.30 $31.18 $64,860
Insurance Carriers 160 0.01 $28.84 $59,980
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $28.47 $59,210
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 270 0.07 $27.92 $58,070


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 1,610 0.16 1.81 $21.86 $45,480
California 790 0.06 0.65 $26.22 $54,540
Ohio 710 0.14 1.66 $21.63 $44,990
New York 660 0.08 0.90 $24.38 $50,710
Washington 530 0.20 2.26 $29.03 $60,380




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 180 0.28 3.19 $17.36 $36,110
Alaska 70 0.24 2.75 $33.95 $70,620
North Dakota 80 0.22 2.56 $25.98 $54,050
Washington 530 0.20 2.26 $29.03 $60,380
West Virginia 140 0.19 2.26 $23.09 $48,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 70 0.24 2.75 $33.95 $70,620
Washington 530 0.20 2.26 $29.03 $60,380
New Mexico 80 0.11 1.23 $27.88 $57,980
Massachusetts 220 0.07 0.82 $26.25 $54,610
California 790 0.06 0.65 $26.22 $54,540





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 540 0.11 1.24 $25.09 $52,190
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 510 0.20 2.31 $24.22 $50,380
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 410 4.12 47.65 $30.66 $63,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 1.66 $20.29 $42,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.15 1.74 $20.27 $42,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.77 $22.77 $47,360
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 250 0.25 2.92 $19.65 $40,880
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.10 1.10 $26.67 $55,470
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 160 0.16 1.88 $23.19 $48,230
Baltimore-Towson, MD 150 0.12 1.40 $24.45 $50,850




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 410 4.12 47.65 $30.66 $63,770
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 50 0.44 5.06 $19.91 $41,420
Evansville, IN-KY 60 0.34 3.95 $22.29 $46,350
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 40 0.28 3.19 $19.55 $40,670
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 30 0.26 2.98 $14.79 $30,760
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 250 0.25 2.92 $19.65 $40,880
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.21 2.49 $20.67 $42,990
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 60 0.21 2.40 $21.88 $45,510
Charleston, WV 30 0.21 2.46 $31.44 $65,400
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.20 2.26 $25.67 $53,400




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)
Charleston, WV 30 0.21 2.46 $31.44 $65,400
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 410 4.12 47.65 $30.66 $63,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.73 $30.55 $63,550
Knoxville, TN 60 0.17 1.99 $30.37 $63,160
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 120 0.10 1.17 $29.57 $61,500
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 60 0.10 1.17 $29.37 $61,090
New Haven, CT 40 0.14 1.65 $27.92 $58,080
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 40 0.05 0.59 $27.84 $57,910
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 90 0.11 1.32 $27.48 $57,160
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.10 1.10 $26.67 $55,470

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)
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 4.06 $18.38 $38,240
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 1.93 $15.25 $31,720
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 4.06 $27.56 $57,320
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.14 1.58 $18.83 $39,170
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.84 $21.23 $44,160

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.59 6.88 $30.30 $63,030
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 0.35 4.06 $18.38 $38,240
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 4.06 $27.56 $57,320
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.84 $21.23 $44,160
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 2.34 $22.26 $46,290

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)
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.59 6.88 $30.30 $63,030
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 4.06 $27.56 $57,320
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.11 1.22 $27.46 $57,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.93 $51,850
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.20 2.34 $22.26 $46,290


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

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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