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Safety Engineer Salary

Safety Engineer Salary

Safety engineers in the UK typically earn between £27,152 and £52,794 a year without bonuses according to Payscale. Their salary varies by assignment, job title, company, location, field of expertise, and years of experience among other factors. Safety engineers employed by companies typically make between £27,208 and £50,177 a year. Those employed by companies with over 50,000 employees usually earn more and have salaries in the range between £34,176 and £59,941 a year. Safety engineers who specialize in safety compliance earn from £17,030 to £60,166 a year.

Safety engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience usually earn between £24,685 and £38,194 a year, those with 5 to 9 years of experience make from £32,199 to £53,192 a year, and engineers with 10 to 19 years of relevant work experience earn between £37,340 and £62,059 a year according to information from Payscale.

Salaries can vary significantly from one location to the next. For example, safety engineers working in Aberdeen have salaries in the range between £28,000 and £39,740, while those employed in London can make between £38,000 and £70,000 a year.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for safety engineers is around £20.58 per hour according to MySalary.co.uk.

General salary information

Career advancement will largely depend on academic qualifications, further training and education, work experience, and the industry. Career progression in large companies, for instance, is possible for safety engineers who have a good track record and want to move to senior jobs. They typically become managers responsible for safety of an entire production plant or a large department of the company. Some safety engineers choose a career in consulting or even start their own consultancy firms.

Safety engineers' salaries can vary depending on the industry. For instance, engineers working in the oil and gas sector earn between £28,942 and £70,500 a year, those employed in the aerospace and defense industry make between £33,975 and £54,631 a year, while engineers who choose a career in engineering consulting typically earn between £26,015 and £46,979 a year according to Payscale.

Salaries can greatly depend on the field of specialty and job title. Experienced environmental health and safety engineers, for instance, earn between £28,000 and £68,400 a year after spending 10 to 19 years working in the industry, while senior environmental health and safety engineers typically make between £34,228 and £69,668 a year.

Benefits usually include health insurance, pension plans, paid vacations, and they can affect salaries, too. For instance, the salary range for safety engineers with a company pension plan is between £27,054 and £60,591 a year, engineers who get paid holidays and vacations earn between £27,821 and £77,566 a year, those whose benefits include private medical insurance (PMI) are generally paid between £25,634 and £78,297 a year, and engineers who get life or disability insurance earn between £36,787 and £45,000 a year.

Most popular benefits among safety engineers are company pension plans, paid sick leave, paid vacations and holidays, private medical insurance, and flexible work schedule. Most popular skills are safety compliance, technical analysis, technical writing, and risk control or risk management.