The Biggest Challenges for Safety Professionals in 2023

Oct. 13, 2023
EHS Today's National Safety & Salary Survey 2023 reveals that the average safety professional earns $99,000... but your mileage might vary.

Editor's Note: You can ready our full analysis of the 2023 National Safety & Salary Survey here. Also, EHS Today's editors hosted a free webinar delving even deeper into the results; you can watch the presentation on-demand here.

The pandemic is just a bad memory now, so you might expect that things would've gotten a lot easier for safety professionals, but of course that’s nowhere near being true. It’s as challenging as ever to keep workers safe and healthy, and workplaces free from hazards, so the time is right to take the pulse of the safety profession to find out exactly what their jobs involve, and how they’re dealing with a list of responsibilities that seems to get longer by the day. And it’s also the right time to find out exactly how well (or not so well) safety professionals are being compensated for all the work they do.

Earlier this year, EHS Today conducted our annual National Safety & Salary Survey, which offers a current examination of the occupational health and safety profession. In the following slideshow, based on responses from 744 EHS professionals, you'll learn how where the highest-paid safety leaders live, what types of companies tend to pay the most, how much support senior management offers to EHS managers, what the most common types of injuries are, and how satisfied safety leaders are with their jobs and their profession.

You'll also learn how prevalent wellness, ESG and DEI initiatives are throughout the industry; the different areas of responsibility EHS professionals manage; and what progress (if any) has been made in closing the gender gap.

Click through the slideshow to take a deeper dive into the responses and find out a lot more about what safety professionals do and earn, then let us know your own experiences in the comments section below.

Additional 2023 National Safety & Salary Survey findings:

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