Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
13,660 2.5 % $24.23 $50,390 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.65 $17.33 $22.78 $29.31 $36.46
Annual Wage (2) $28,390 $36,050 $47,380 $60,960 $75,850


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) 1,830 0.03 $23.18 $48,210
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,220 0.11 $20.42 $42,470
Support Activities for Mining 860 0.22 $26.70 $55,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 760 0.01 $22.36 $46,500
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 710 0.02 $22.37 $46,540

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Mining 860 0.22 $26.70 $55,530
Coal Mining 180 0.22 $29.40 $61,140
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.12 $26.65 $55,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,220 0.11 $20.42 $42,470
Utility System Construction 470 0.11 $19.08 $39,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 100 0.07 $34.89 $72,580
Waste Treatment and Disposal 80 0.09 $34.29 $71,330
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $33.35 $69,360
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $32.73 $68,070
Insurance Carriers 270 0.02 $30.03 $62,470


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 2,980 0.27 2.65 $22.21 $46,200
Ohio 930 0.18 1.76 $24.12 $50,170
California 860 0.06 0.57 $25.71 $53,470
New York 810 0.09 0.91 $25.77 $53,610
Tennessee 610 0.23 2.20 $23.75 $49,410




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)
North Dakota 180 0.42 4.07 $45.62 $94,880
Alaska 130 0.40 3.93 $31.74 $66,010
Texas 2,980 0.27 2.65 $22.21 $46,200
Tennessee 610 0.23 2.20 $23.75 $49,410
West Virginia 140 0.19 1.86 $26.79 $55,730




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Dakota 180 0.42 4.07 $45.62 $94,880
New Mexico 40 0.05 0.48 $33.97 $70,660
Washington 300 0.11 1.02 $32.84 $68,310
Alaska 130 0.40 3.93 $31.74 $66,010
Colorado 260 0.11 1.08 $29.69 $61,760





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 1,310 0.47 4.60 $21.60 $44,940
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.12 1.13 $26.35 $54,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 310 0.14 1.39 $21.92 $45,580
Knoxville, TN 230 0.71 6.94 $25.29 $52,590
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 200 0.20 1.96 $26.56 $55,250
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 190 0.19 1.84 $24.63 $51,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.40 $22.82 $47,460
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 160 0.19 1.85 $23.39 $48,660
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 160 0.09 0.84 $23.64 $49,160
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 160 1.61 15.64 $39.36 $81,880




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 160 1.61 15.64 $39.36 $81,880
Midland, TX 100 1.15 11.19 $25.44 $52,920
Joplin, MO 60 0.83 8.01 $16.78 $34,900
Knoxville, TN 230 0.71 6.94 $25.29 $52,590
Harrisonburg, VA 40 0.63 6.15 $18.86 $39,230
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,310 0.47 4.60 $21.60 $44,940
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 70 0.42 4.12 $27.01 $56,180
Iowa City, IA 30 0.37 3.57 $27.60 $57,410
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 90 0.34 3.26 $25.91 $53,880
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 60 0.32 3.15 $23.75 $49,390




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)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 160 1.61 15.64 $39.36 $81,880
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.52 $31.87 $66,280
Chattanooga, TN-GA 50 0.21 2.02 $30.40 $63,230
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 130 0.10 0.97 $30.14 $62,700
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 80 0.09 0.87 $29.05 $60,430
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 110 0.13 1.24 $28.46 $59,190
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 50 0.05 0.48 $28.43 $59,140
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 90 0.16 1.57 $28.33 $58,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 90 0.04 0.38 $28.22 $58,690
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.19 $58,630

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 130 0.50 4.84 $22.45 $46,700
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 11.35 $29.83 $62,050
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 5.23 $23.15 $48,140
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.17 1.62 $14.99 $31,180
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.72 6.98 $25.29 $52,600

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 11.35 $29.83 $62,050
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.72 6.98 $25.29 $52,600
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 5.23 $23.15 $48,140
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.50 4.84 $22.45 $46,700
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.36 $21.32 $44,340

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)
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $52.98 $110,210
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 2.31 $31.70 $65,940
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.32 3.12 $31.58 $65,690
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.17 11.35 $29.83 $62,050
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.02 $26.72 $55,590


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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