Occupational Employment Statistics


29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 12013$34.90/hr$24.29/hr$29.94/hr$35.54/hr$38.97/hr$46.01/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities330$41.65/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/A$45.03/hr
Professional and Business Services200$38.96/hr
Education and Health Services320$39.77/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration350$36.29/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 20$38.36/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$27.06/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 30$35.73/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$35.37/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 60$35.36/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 60$33.76/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 80$36.37/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 90$35.55/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 90$34.33/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 110$34.35/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 120$39.69/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$35.54/hr2.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$36.57/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 150$36.93/hr-2.3%
Southeast Minnesota 160$37.46/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 260$38.39/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 950$38.23/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,080$38.45/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,710$37.42/hr5.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 390$44.19/hr7.4%
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 230$25.51/hr6.2%
Environmental Engineers 1,130N/A12.2%
Animal Scientists 210$32.16/hr6.1%

  • Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
  • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Investigate health-related complaints and inspect facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
  • Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
  • Collaborate with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  • Collect samples of hazardous materials or arrange for sample collection.
  • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Develop or maintain hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.