Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
24,900 1.9 % $42.21 $87,810 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.76 $30.83 $40.68 $52.16 $62.87
Annual Wage (2) $49,410 $64,120 $84,600 $108,490 $130,770


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 2,130 0.29 $39.58 $82,330
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,100 0.15 $45.24 $94,090
Utility System Construction 1,360 0.28 $37.82 $78,670
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,300 0.02 $33.86 $70,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,100 0.09 $44.67 $92,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 450 0.48 $44.63 $92,830
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 610 0.41 $47.81 $99,440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 370 0.34 $52.80 $109,820
Nonresidential Building Construction 2,130 0.29 $39.58 $82,330
Utility System Construction 1,360 0.28 $37.82 $78,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 410 0.21 $54.51 $113,380
Natural Gas Distribution 90 0.08 $53.32 $110,910
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 70 0.04 $53.30 $110,860
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 370 0.34 $52.80 $109,820
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $51.16 $106,420


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 2,880 0.19 1.03 $47.46 $98,710
Texas 2,760 0.24 1.32 $49.54 $103,040
New York 1,750 0.19 1.08 $42.85 $89,130
Georgia 1,320 0.32 1.77 $35.43 $73,690
Pennsylvania 990 0.17 0.96 $40.32 $83,870




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 290 0.89 4.95 $59.36 $123,470
Oklahoma 710 0.45 2.47 $40.85 $84,960
Louisiana 680 0.35 1.93 $41.50 $86,320
Georgia 1,320 0.32 1.77 $35.43 $73,690
New Mexico 240 0.30 1.65 $35.15 $73,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 290 0.89 4.95 $59.36 $123,470
Texas 2,760 0.24 1.32 $49.54 $103,040
Idaho 110 0.17 0.93 $47.80 $99,430
California 2,880 0.19 1.03 $47.46 $98,710
District of Columbia 190 0.28 1.54 $47.06 $97,890





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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,550 0.53 2.93 $53.99 $112,300
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 870 0.13 0.75 $43.93 $91,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.19 1.05 $48.72 $101,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 740 0.30 1.65 $36.13 $75,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 450 0.19 1.04 $49.38 $102,710
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 390 0.30 1.64 $46.04 $95,760
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 380 0.20 1.13 $38.90 $80,920
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 360 0.16 0.86 $43.01 $89,460
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 360 0.10 0.56 $39.08 $81,280
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 310 0.18 0.98 $47.13 $98,040




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-Richland, WA 190 1.80 9.99 $50.36 $104,750
Anchorage, AK 240 1.37 7.61 $60.32 $125,470
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.24 6.84 $50.25 $104,520
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 190 0.89 4.92 $42.23 $87,830
Huntsville, AL 180 0.84 4.67 $51.69 $107,510
Ithaca, NY 40 0.83 4.60 $29.18 $60,690
Lake Charles, LA 70 0.77 4.26 $37.20 $77,370
Midland, TX 60 0.70 3.85 $48.36 $100,590
Fond du Lac, WI 30 0.67 3.70 $30.49 $63,420
Bakersfield, CA 190 0.65 3.61 $32.00 $66,550




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)
Anchorage, AK 240 1.37 7.61 $60.32 $125,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,550 0.53 2.93 $53.99 $112,300
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 200 0.20 1.10 $53.39 $111,050
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 290 0.28 1.52 $51.69 $107,510
Huntsville, AL 180 0.84 4.67 $51.69 $107,510
Chattanooga, TN-GA 60 0.27 1.49 $50.94 $105,950
Kennewick-Richland, WA 190 1.80 9.99 $50.36 $104,750
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 110 0.10 0.55 $50.32 $104,660
Idaho Falls, ID 70 1.24 6.84 $50.25 $104,520
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 270 0.37 2.04 $50.16 $104,340

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)
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 3.34 $30.53 $63,510
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.77 $32.50 $67,590
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 60 0.38 2.08 $35.14 $73,080
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.37 2.05 $34.17 $71,070
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.27 1.48 $27.52 $57,240

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)
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.67 3.72 $32.92 $68,470
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 3.60 $37.12 $77,220
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 3.31 $54.77 $113,930
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.60 3.34 $30.53 $63,510
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 0.50 2.77 $32.50 $67,590

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 3.31 $54.77 $113,930
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.30 1.65 $44.58 $92,730
Southern Ohio non-metropolitan area 30 0.23 1.26 $43.76 $91,030
Southeast Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 1.41 $41.41 $86,130
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 2.54 $40.64 $84,530


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016