Industrial hygienists and occupational health professionals are making an average annual salary of $110,807, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) found in a survey of its members. The average salary for new, uncertified safety professionals right out of college or university is $59,714, AIHA reported.
AIHA September 9 released its 2019 Salary and Compensation Study, a national survey of salaries, benefits, and other compensation structures along with demographics of the industrial hygiene and occupational health field.
Finding revealed by the study included:
A credentialed industrial hygiene or occupational health (IH/OH) professional earns on average of $33,000 to 43,000 more annually than those with other certifications or none at all;
Industrial hygiene and occupational health may be growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields with average starting salaries on par with chemical or software engineers; and
Corporations employing IH/OH professionals offer robust 401(k) contribution-matching programs and generous benefits packages.