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How much can you expect to earn with your HSE qualification?

Posted by NOSA on Feb 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM
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There is no doubt that health and safety professionals are committed to their work, and their industry. But – to be frank – passion alone doesn’t pay the bills. When planning your career, it’s helpful to know where your qualifications will take you, and the qualifications you’ll need to acquire when you want to go further.

With this in mind, here are 14 of the most common jobs in the occupational health and safety industry, and what you can hope to earn by performing each of them. Remember, as always, this is not a finite list, but should give you a solid foundation off which to work when plotting your job prospects. What is interesting to note is the gender disparity in some of the roles – now may be your chance to change that!

Note: These salaries are measured according to international benchmarks, and do not take into account socio-economic factors specific to a region. Also, these are median amounts, meaning they usually fall directly in the middle of the pay scale for these particular job titles.

Entry level safety officer

Average annual salary: R150 000

 

Safety officer

Average annual salary: R180 000

People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years’ experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are:

  • compliance with relevant HSE acts and regulations
  • auditing
  • any additional safety officer qualifications
  • internal auditing qualifications.

 

Safety manager

Average annual salary: R350 000

Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years’ experience in this field. A skill in risk management/risk control is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.

 

Safety co-ordinator

Average annual salary: R212 000

Overall cash earnings stretch from R200 000 on the lower end to R700 000 near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around R40 000 from bonuses and R50 000 from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of safety coordinators (68%) are men.

 

Health and safety advisor

Average annual salary: R377 000

Generally, women make up less than a third of all health safety advisors. 

 

Environmental health and safety (EHS) officer

Average annual salary: R210 000

People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years’ experience.

 

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Environmental health and safety (EHS) specialist

Annual average salary: R412 000

Total cash earnings of environmental health and safety specialists can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed over R100 000. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career duration and location.

 

Environmental health and safety (EHS) manager

Average annual salary: R408 000

Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

 

Construction safety officer

Average annual salary: R147 000

Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years’ experience in this career. Experience strongly influences salary for this job.

 

Diploma (Dipl), Occupational Health and Safety Degree

Average annual salary: R162 500

 

Operations manager

Average annual salary: R310 000

Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

 

Mining safety engineer

Average annual salary: R426 000

Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

 

Safety director

Average annual salary: R547 000

The field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing the total cash payment to safety directors can bottom out near R533 000 or peak near R1.5 million, depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of safety directors.

 

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Sources:

http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Country=United_States/Salary

http://www.payscale.com/rcsearch.aspx?category=Job&str=safety&CountryName=United+Kingdom&SourceId=%2Fresearch%2FUK%2FCountry%3DUnited_Kingdom%2FSalary

http://www.payscale.com/research/ZA



 

Topics: Career in Health and Safety, work safety, HSE

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