Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
23,490 2.1 % $38.35 $79,760 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.81 $28.64 $36.94 $47.51 $57.09
Annual Wage (2) $45,370 $59,570 $76,830 $98,810 $118,750


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 2,160 0.33 $35.86 $74,600
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 1,990 0.15 $40.48 $84,200
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,530 0.14 $36.11 $75,110
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,190 0.02 $33.28 $69,220
State Government (OES Designation) 1,150 0.05 $39.10 $81,320

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 540 0.37 $43.41 $90,290
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 450 0.36 $39.60 $82,370
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 360 0.36 $38.61 $80,300
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 100 0.34 $42.15 $87,660
Waste Treatment and Disposal 320 0.33 $41.17 $85,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 220 0.12 $53.07 $110,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 710 0.03 $49.20 $102,330
Natural Gas Distribution 140 0.14 $46.37 $96,450
Insurance Carriers 310 0.03 $44.30 $92,150
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing 260 0.07 $43.85 $91,220


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 2,610 0.18 1.01 $42.57 $88,540
Texas 1,940 0.18 1.02 $43.97 $91,460
New York 1,540 0.18 1.00 $40.76 $84,790
Pennsylvania 1,400 0.25 1.39 $34.74 $72,260
Florida 1,280 0.18 0.98 $32.92 $68,470




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 180 0.56 3.12 $52.59 $109,390
Louisiana 770 0.41 2.30 $28.00 $58,230
Idaho 240 0.40 2.22 $38.99 $81,110
Oklahoma 590 0.38 2.13 $36.57 $76,070
Hawaii 210 0.35 1.97 $34.17 $71,070




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 180 0.56 3.12 $52.59 $109,390
New Jersey 610 0.16 0.90 $45.28 $94,190
Washington 560 0.20 1.12 $45.16 $93,940
District of Columbia 120 0.19 1.03 $45.05 $93,710
Massachusetts 480 0.15 0.84 $44.10 $91,740





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 980 0.19 1.05 $41.96 $87,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 730 0.27 1.52 $47.02 $97,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 640 0.28 1.57 $34.99 $72,790
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 620 0.17 0.95 $34.80 $72,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.15 0.82 $44.51 $92,580
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 560 0.31 1.72 $35.61 $74,060
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 420 0.20 1.10 $44.46 $92,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 410 0.42 2.31 $39.33 $81,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 390 0.23 1.25 $35.74 $74,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 360 0.15 0.85 $46.28 $96,270




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 250 2.57 14.23 $46.03 $95,750
Lafayette, LA 200 1.33 7.38 $19.43 $40,410
Victoria, TX 50 0.92 5.12 $51.37 $106,840
Decatur, AL 40 0.82 4.52 $45.87 $95,420
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 150 0.72 3.99 $43.37 $90,200
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, WV-OH 50 0.71 3.92 $40.04 $83,290
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 110 0.68 3.79 $45.97 $95,610
Lake Charles, LA 60 0.67 3.70 $28.85 $60,000
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 110 0.63 3.52 $34.94 $72,670
Huntsville, AL 130 0.62 3.45 $47.52 $98,850




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)
Victoria, TX 50 0.92 5.12 $51.37 $106,840
Anchorage, AK 100 0.59 3.25 $51.36 $106,830
Columbus, OH 140 0.15 0.83 $51.23 $106,560
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 270 0.28 1.57 $48.46 $100,810
Corpus Christi, TX 50 0.28 1.58 $48.41 $100,690
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 120 0.10 0.56 $48.15 $100,140
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.10 0.54 $47.55 $98,900
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 140 0.16 0.87 $47.55 $98,900
Huntsville, AL 130 0.62 3.45 $47.52 $98,850
Toledo, OH 40 0.14 0.75 $47.34 $98,460

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.54 3.02 $28.28 $58,830
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 3.31 $35.00 $72,810
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 4.97 $56.29 $117,080
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.95 21.91 $43.32 $90,100
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.25 1.38 $34.85 $72,490

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 3.95 21.91 $43.32 $90,100
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.90 4.97 $56.29 $117,080
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.89 4.94 $45.97 $95,620
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.60 3.31 $35.00 $72,810
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.60 3.33 $25.82 $53,700

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 70 0.90 4.97 $56.29 $117,080
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.89 4.94 $45.97 $95,620
Los Alamos County, New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 60 3.95 21.91 $43.32 $90,100
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.61 $88,630
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 1.26 $41.72 $86,770


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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