Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
13,990 2.4 % $24.65 $51,270 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.35 $17.73 $23.14 $29.68 $37.02
Annual Wage (2) $29,840 $36,880 $48,120 $61,740 $77,010


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) 1,890 0.04 $23.58 $49,040
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.12 $23.20 $48,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $21.92 $45,600
Support Activities for Mining 840 0.20 $28.08 $58,420
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 680 0.02 $23.18 $48,210

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 160 0.21 $28.83 $59,970
Support Activities for Mining 840 0.20 $28.08 $58,420
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 50 0.16 $28.02 $58,270
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.14 $28.40 $59,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,480 0.12 $23.20 $48,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 130 0.09 $35.14 $73,090
Waste Treatment and Disposal 70 0.07 $34.07 $70,870
Scientific Research and Development Services 230 0.04 $31.24 $64,980
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.04 $30.64 $63,720
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 40 0.04 $30.54 $63,520


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 2,880 0.26 2.48 $24.09 $50,120
Ohio 1,060 0.20 1.97 $24.76 $51,490
California 980 0.06 0.62 $25.93 $53,940
New York 790 0.09 0.87 $26.13 $54,350
Pennsylvania 570 0.10 0.97 $23.15 $48,150




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 130 0.39 3.76 $33.19 $69,030
Texas 2,880 0.26 2.48 $24.09 $50,120
Ohio 1,060 0.20 1.97 $24.76 $51,490
Iowa 310 0.20 1.97 $26.17 $54,440
Wyoming 50 0.19 1.86 $23.37 $48,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 50 0.06 0.58 $33.22 $69,100
Alaska 130 0.39 3.76 $33.19 $69,030
District of Columbia 40 0.06 0.58 $29.36 $61,070
Colorado 230 0.10 0.95 $29.30 $60,940
Massachusetts 150 0.05 0.44 $29.01 $60,330





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 1,150 0.41 3.92 $24.81 $51,610
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 600 0.11 1.07 $27.06 $56,280
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.66 $29.17 $60,680
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 250 0.25 2.40 $26.45 $55,010
Knoxville, TN 240 0.71 6.89 $25.83 $53,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.06 0.54 $21.45 $44,610
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 210 0.22 2.17 $23.77 $49,440
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 200 0.20 1.92 $25.24 $52,500
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX 180 0.20 1.95 $23.82 $49,540
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.08 0.75 $25.54 $53,120




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)
Joplin, MO 80 1.02 9.81 $17.20 $35,790
Victoria, TX 40 0.83 8.00 $20.75 $43,160
Midland, TX 70 0.79 7.65 $27.14 $56,450
Manhattan, KS 40 0.71 6.83 $21.79 $45,330
Knoxville, TN 240 0.71 6.89 $25.83 $53,720
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.64 6.15 $16.95 $35,260
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 70 0.42 4.06 $28.34 $58,940
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,150 0.41 3.92 $24.81 $51,610
College Station-Bryan, TX 40 0.39 3.73 $20.35 $42,330
Longview, TX 40 0.38 3.65 $26.41 $54,930




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 40 0.22 2.09 $37.30 $77,580
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.58 $34.14 $71,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $32.99 $68,620
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 50 0.05 0.47 $32.53 $67,670
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 110 0.09 0.83 $30.48 $63,400
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 60 0.07 0.71 $29.97 $62,340
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 80 0.04 0.43 $29.85 $62,090
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 70 0.05 0.46 $29.42 $61,190
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 260 0.07 0.66 $29.17 $60,680
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR (8) (8) (8) $28.55 $59,380

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 80 0.29 2.80 $27.43 $57,050
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.86 8.31 $25.49 $53,010
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.93 9.01 $30.69 $63,840
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.23 2.21 $22.00 $45,760
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 60 0.21 2.02 $22.10 $45,960

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 70 0.93 9.01 $30.69 $63,840
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.86 8.31 $25.49 $53,010
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.63 6.04 $31.46 $65,440
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 4.73 $20.28 $42,170
Far Western North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.49 4.71 $44.20 $91,940

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 40 0.49 4.71 $44.20 $91,940
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.63 6.04 $31.46 $65,440
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.31 3.04 $31.18 $64,860
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.93 9.01 $30.69 $63,840
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.29 2.80 $27.43 $57,050


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015