More evidence that the safety profession is becoming a more lucrative field. A survey by the American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) shows salaries are on the increase. According to AIHA, average salaries for industrial hygienists increased from $94,947 in 2008 to $105,166 last year. Consultants averaged $135,023 while IH managers averaged $120,276 (that management figure may be a little skewed when you consider the effect that company size has on management salaries). Link to the news release here.
The website SafetyNewsAlert.com dug a little deeper into the study. They point out that gaining a certification like a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and/or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) really does have value when it comes to higher salaries. One of the biggest difference was education. Doctorates earn an average of 121,605, more than $30,000 higher than someone with a high school diploma or an associate’s degree. Although another way of looking at it is, someone who only has a diploma but is good at their job can apparently earn $90,000 a year in IH. A couple of other figures worth noting – The average age of an Industrial Hygienist who responded to the survey is 48 and it is still primarily a boys club. Only 30% of the respondents were women.