FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Safety Director

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Safety Director

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Director Do

Health and safety engineers develop procedures and design systems to prevent people from getting sick or injured and to keep property from being damaged. They combine knowledge of systems engineering and of health or safety to make sure that chemicals, machinery, software, furniture, and other consumer products will not cause harm to people or damage to buildings.

Duties

Health and safety engineers typically do the following:

  • Review plans and specifications for new machinery and equipment to make sure they meet safety requirements
  • Identify and correct potential hazards by inspecting facilities, machinery, and safety equipment
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of various industrial control mechanisms
  • Ensure that buildings or products comply with health and safety regulations, especially after an inspection that required changes
  • Install safety devices on machinery or direct the installation of these devices
  • Review employee safety programs and recommend improvements
  • Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes

Health and safety engineers also investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine their causes and to determine whether the incidents could have been or can be prevented in the future. They interview employers and employees to learn about work environments and incidents that lead to accidents or injuries. They also evaluate the corrections that were made to remedy violations found during health inspections.

Health and safety engineers are also active in two related fields: industrial hygiene and occupational hygiene. In industrial hygiene, they focus on the effects of chemical, physical, and biological agents. They recognize, evaluate, and control these agents to keep people from becoming sick or injured. For example, they might anticipate that a particular manufacturing process will give off a potentially harmful chemical and recommend either a change to the process or a way to contain and control the chemical.

In occupational hygiene, health and safety engineers investigate the environment in which people work, and then use science and engineering to recommend changes to keep workers from being exposed to sickness or injuries. They help employers and employees understand risks, and improve working conditions and practices. For example, they might observe that the noise level in a factory is likely to cause harm to workers’ hearing and recommend ways to reduce the noise level through changes to the building or reducing exposure time, or by having workers wear proper hearing protection.

Health and safety engineering is a broad field covering many activities. The following are examples of types of health and safety engineers:

Aerospace safety engineers work on missiles, radars, and satellites to make sure that they function safely as designed.

Fire prevention and protection engineers design fire prevention systems for all kinds of buildings. They often work for architects during the design phase of new buildings or renovations. They must be licensed and must keep up with changes in fire codes and regulations.

Product safety engineers investigate the causes of accidents or injuries that might have resulted from the use or misuse of a product. They create solutions that reduce or eliminate safety issues associated with products. They also help design new products to prevent injuries, illnesses, or property damage.

Systems safety engineers work in many fields, including aerospace, and are moving into new fields, such as software safety, medical safety, and environmental safety. These engineers take a systemic approach to identify hazards so that accidents and injuries can be avoided.

For information on health and safety engineers who work in mines, see the profile on mining and geological engineers.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Safety Director

Health and safety engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, typically in an engineering discipline such as electrical, chemical, mechanical, industrial, or systems engineering. Another acceptable field of study is occupational or industrial hygiene. Employers value practical experience, so cooperative-education engineering programs at universities are valuable as well.

Education

High school students interested in becoming health and safety engineers will benefit from taking high school courses in math and science, such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Entry-level jobs as a health and safety engineer require a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs typically are 4-year programs and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in applied engineering. Students interested in becoming a health and safety engineer should seek out coursework in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, or environmental safety. In addition, programs in mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, programs in systems engineering and fire protection engineering constitute good preparation for this occupation. ABET accredits programs in engineering.

Students interested in entering the relatively new field of software safety engineering may pursue a degree in computer science.

Many colleges and universities offer cooperative-education programs, which allow students to gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year accelerated programs through which students graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A master’s degree allows engineers to enter the occupation at a higher level, where they can develop and implement safety systems.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Health and safety engineers produce designs showing potential problems and remedies for them. They must be creative to deal with situations unique to a project.

Critical-thinking skills. Health and safety engineers must be able to identify hazards to humans and property in the workplace or in the home before they cause material damage or become a health threat.

Observational skills. Health and safety engineers must observe and learn how operations function so that they can identify risks to people and property. This requires the ability to think in terms of overall processes within an organization. Health and safety engineers can then recommend systemic changes to minimize risks.

Problem-solving skills. In designing solutions for entire organizational operations, health and safety engineers must take into account processes from more than one system at the same time. In addition, they must try to anticipate a range of human reactions to the changes they recommend.

Reading skills. Health and safety engineers must be able to interpret federal and state regulations and their intent so that they can propose proper designs for specific work environments.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a health and safety engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Only a few states require health and safety engineers to be licensed. Licensure is generally advised for those opting for a career in systems safety engineering. States requiring licensure usually require continuing education for engineers in order to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states, if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Health and safety engineers typically have professional certification. Certifications include the following:

  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals offers the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and a new certification called the Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • The American Board of Industrial Hygiene awards a certification known as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers offers a Certificate in Safety Management (CSM)
  • The International Council on Systems Engineering offers a program leading to a designation as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)

Certification is generally needed to advance into management positions.

Advancement

New health and safety engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. To move to more difficult projects with greater independence, a graduate degree is generally required, such as a master’s degree in engineering or a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

An advanced degree allows an engineer to develop and implement safety programs. Certification as a safety professional or as an industrial hygienist is generally required for entry into management positions. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Safety Director?

Send To A Friend

Safety Director Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Safety Director Career Paths

Safety Director
Vice President
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health And Safety Director
13 Yearsyrs
President
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Compliance Director
Compliance Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director-Loss Prevention
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director-Loss Prevention
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Officer
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Corporate Director
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Contracts Director
12 Yearsyrs
Transportation Director
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Transportation Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director/Operations Manager
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Health Director
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Services Director
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Support Services
Administrative Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Show More
Share

Do you work as a Safety Director?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Average Length of Employment
Safety Director 4.0 years
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Engineer 3.3 years
Safety Officer 3.3 years
Safety Supervisor 3.2 years
Safety Coordinator 3.2 years
Safety Specialist 3.1 years
Safety Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Safety Director
Owner 4.7%
Manager 4.0%
Supervisor 3.0%
Top Careers After Safety Director
Owner 4.5%
Manager 3.4%
Consultant 2.8%

Do you work as a Safety Director?

Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$66,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$139,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Randstad USA
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Safety Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Safety Director in the United States is $96,824 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $67,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $139,000.

Real Safety Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Safety/Security Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Dec 07, 2016 $220,000
Director of Technical Safety AMEC Paragon, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 09, 2010 $187,540
Director-Safety Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Pasadena, CA Jan 01, 2012 $137,488 -
$304,300
Director, Radiation Safety/Rso Medstar-Georgetown Medical Center, Inc. Washington, DC Jun 24, 2012 $130,000
Director, Radiation Safety/Rso Medstar-Georgetown Medical Center, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 22, 2010 $130,000
Director, Fleet Safety (Occupational Safety) Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. Santa Clarita, CA Sep 10, 2012 $117,343
Director of Safety Clay Lacy Aviation CA Aug 09, 2016 $95,742 -
$110,000
Director of Safety Clay Lacy Aviation CA Sep 03, 2015 $94,000
Health, Safety and Environment Director Engage Management, LLC Houston, TX Oct 01, 2011 $90,000
Operations, Program & Safety Director Blue Star Operating Co Hendersonville, NC Oct 01, 2015 $81,702
Director of Safety F.I.T. Aviation, LLC Melbourne, FL Apr 14, 2014 $70,000
Safety Director The Resolute Building Company Chapel Hill, NC Apr 14, 2009 $63,500
Training and Safety Director High Sierra Pools Inc. Arlington, VA Sep 15, 2013 $62,109
Patient Safety Director Peterson Park Health Care Center, Inc. Chicago, IL Dec 30, 2009 $54,000
Patient Safety Director Peterson Park Health Care Center, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 01, 2010 $54,000
Patient Safety Director Peterson Park Health Care Center, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2010 $54,000
Patient Safety Director Peterson Park Health Care Center, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 23, 2010 $54,000
Patient Safety Director Winston Manor Nursing Home Chicago, IL Sep 27, 2010 $54,000

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Safety Director?

Have you worked as a Safety Director? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Safety Director.

Top Skills for A Safety Director

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed and implemented policies to ensure compliance for accreditation, system policies, regulatory agencies, and legal requirements.
  • Conduct safety inspections and investigate violations to ensure safety procedures are being followed and counsel managers and employees accordingly.
  • Modify or add safety requirements to work being done when changes are required to meet OSHA construction standards.
  • Coordinated semi-monthly superintendent safety meetings.
  • Conduct background investigations on all new drivers or owner-operators.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Safety Directors

  1. New Mexico
  2. California
  3. Texas
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. New Jersey
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Nevada
  8. Delaware
  9. Wyoming
  10. Alabama
  • (36 jobs)
  • (508 jobs)
  • (293 jobs)
  • (136 jobs)
  • (98 jobs)
  • (23 jobs)
  • (29 jobs)
  • (8 jobs)
  • (4 jobs)
  • (33 jobs)

Safety Director Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 7,348 Safety Director resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Learn How To Create A Top Notch Safety Director Resume

View Resume Examples

Safety Director Demographics

Gender

Male

73.6%

Female

19.3%

Unknown

7.1%
Ethnicity

White

66.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.2%

Carrier

12.8%

French

5.7%

Russian

5.0%

Dakota

3.5%

Arabic

2.1%

German

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Portuguese

0.7%

Berta

0.7%

Hawaiian

0.7%

Catalan

0.7%

Persian

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Amharic

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%
Show More

Safety Director Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

24.1%

University of Phoenix

11.7%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

6.1%

West Virginia University

5.4%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.7%

The Academy

4.2%

University of Central Missouri

4.2%

Murray State University

3.9%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Keene State College

3.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.4%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

Marshall University

3.0%

Purdue University

2.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.7%

Oklahoma State University

2.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

Indiana State University

2.6%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

2.4%
Show More
Majors

Business

27.3%

Occupational Safety And Health

11.5%

Criminal Justice

9.3%

Management

8.3%

Public Health

5.4%

Human Resources Management

3.3%

Education

3.3%

Psychology

2.9%

Nursing

2.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.7%

General Studies

2.6%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Fire Science And Protection

2.4%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Construction Management

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.2%

Biology

2.2%

Engineering

1.9%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

34.5%

Other

29.0%

Masters

17.1%

Associate

11.1%

Certificate

5.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.4%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

What is it like to work as a Safety Director

5.0

Great Job if Working for the Right Company

September 19, 2019 on Zippia

What was your job title?

Safety Director.. Show More

What do you like the most about working as Safety Director?

The interaction with all employees. Knowing everyday you job is to help all. Able to be the Go To Person who leads by example... Show More

What do you NOT like?

To be the Best at This level you need your company Top CEO/Owner/President/BOD to buy in to the concept of Safety. If not everything you do will be second guessed and you are spinning your wheels to make a paycheck. THIS IS NOT REWARDING!.. Show More

How Would You Rate Working As a Safety Director?

Are you working as a Safety Director? Help us rate Safety Director as a Career.

Top Safety Director Employers

Jobs From Top Safety Director Employers

Safety Director Videos

How To Become A Hyperbaric Safety Director

Career Advice on becoming a Health and Safety Manager by Hamish B (Full Version)

A Day in the Life of an Environmental Health and Safety Director

Related to your recently viewed content