Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
16,050 2.3 % $24.65 $51,270 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.72 $17.75 $23.11 $29.68 $37.40
Annual Wage (2) $30,610 $36,920 $48,070 $61,740 $77,780


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) 2,380 0.04 $23.37 $48,610
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,600 0.13 $24.22 $50,370
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 970 0.02 $22.33 $46,440
Support Activities for Mining 850 0.21 $25.89 $53,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 750 0.03 $24.22 $50,380

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coal Mining 200 0.28 $27.57 $57,340
Support Activities for Mining 850 0.21 $25.89 $53,840
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.15 $29.30 $60,940
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,600 0.13 $24.22 $50,370
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 110 0.12 $18.04 $37,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 300 0.05 $37.43 $77,860
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services (8) (8) $30.07 $62,540
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction (8) (8) $29.68 $61,740
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.15 $29.30 $60,940
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 140 0.09 $28.96 $60,230


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 3,620 0.31 2.68 $22.61 $47,020
California 1,020 0.07 0.57 $26.47 $55,050
Ohio 910 0.17 1.48 $25.14 $52,300
New York 830 0.09 0.79 $26.64 $55,420
Pennsylvania 720 0.13 1.09 $21.97 $45,700




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 140 0.43 3.69 $31.82 $66,180
Texas 3,620 0.31 2.68 $22.61 $47,020
Louisiana 530 0.27 2.36 $25.63 $53,310
North Dakota 120 0.26 2.21 $28.76 $59,810
Wyoming 70 0.25 2.14 $22.38 $46,550




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.43 3.69 $31.82 $66,180
Illinois 580 0.10 0.85 $31.03 $64,540
New Mexico 40 0.05 0.45 $30.63 $63,720
Nevada 120 0.10 0.85 $29.90 $62,180
Rhode Island 40 0.09 0.73 $29.25 $60,850





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 1,390 0.47 4.08 $22.81 $47,450
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 690 0.11 0.91 $27.50 $57,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 390 0.17 1.45 $24.07 $50,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.89 $32.31 $67,200
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.28 2.38 $21.09 $43,860
Knoxville, TN 240 0.63 5.44 $26.94 $56,040
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 220 0.22 1.92 $24.02 $49,960
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 190 0.18 1.59 $26.99 $56,150
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 180 0.18 1.53 $27.07 $56,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 170 0.04 0.35 $22.96 $47,750




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)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 160 0.97 8.29 $27.55 $57,300
Joplin, MO 70 0.92 7.88 $17.53 $36,470
Midland, TX 70 0.78 6.73 $19.30 $40,140
Victoria, TX 30 0.77 6.58 $24.47 $50,890
Harrisonburg, VA 40 0.64 5.47 $15.22 $31,650
Knoxville, TN 240 0.63 5.44 $26.94 $56,040
St. Joseph, MO-KS 30 0.58 4.97 $16.98 $35,330
Odessa, TX 40 0.47 4.05 $22.89 $47,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,390 0.47 4.08 $22.81 $47,450
Lubbock, TX 60 0.46 3.95 $21.21 $44,120




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $36.31 $75,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.06 0.54 $33.33 $69,320
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 370 0.10 0.89 $32.31 $67,200
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 2.57 $31.94 $66,430
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.04 0.31 $30.86 $64,180
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR (8) (8) (8) $30.64 $63,740
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 40 0.09 0.80 $30.56 $63,560
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 60 0.20 1.70 $30.39 $63,210
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 90 0.05 0.44 $30.12 $62,650
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.08 0.67 $29.30 $60,940

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 Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 7.23 $27.15 $56,470
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 4.08 $22.94 $47,720
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.30 $12.90 $26,830
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 2.85 $26.93 $56,010
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.83 7.14 $34.09 $70,910

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)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 7.23 $27.15 $56,470
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.83 7.14 $34.09 $70,910
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.49 4.23 $23.52 $48,930
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 4.08 $22.94 $47,720
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 4.00 $39.20 $81,530

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 West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 4.00 $39.20 $81,530
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.83 7.14 $34.09 $70,910
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.67 $31.23 $64,960
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 7.23 $27.15 $56,470
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.33 2.85 $26.93 $56,010


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.

(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 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