AIHA Publishes Salary and Compensation Survey
In September, AIHA published the 2019 Salary and Compensation Survey, a national survey of the salaries, benefits, other compensation structures, and demographics of industrial hygiene and occupational health professionals. The purpose of the survey is to provide members of the IH/OH community with detailed information on industry compensation practices, including salaries, bonuses, benefits, and related metrics. The survey, which was conducted earlier this year, had a response rate of more than 21 percent. Of the nearly 11,000 individuals queried, 2,347 responded and anonymously provided salary data on their positions. The findings are a snapshot of salary and compensation data for the IH/OH field and provide insights into the levels of education, certification, and demographic composition of these professionals. The survey data indicate that credentials such as the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) can greatly increase IH/OH professionals’ earning potential. According to AIHA’s survey, a credentialed IH/OH professional earns on average an additional $43,000 per year. The average starting salary of an IH/OH professional is on par with software or chemical engineers, which are the highest-paid degrees according to a Forbes 2017 report. This makes the case that IH/OH is a growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics career. The survey also found that IH/OH professionals are employed by corporations that offer robust 401(k) contribution-matching programs, as well as other generous benefits packages. "AIHA's Salary and Compensation Survey offers a wide-ranging picture of the IH/OH profession," said Adam Seery, AIHA's senior manager of market research and strategic initiatives. "IH/OH professionals will find the report helpful. The detailed salary information reflects their market value and allows them to make informed decisions for their careers. The study also helps companies plan and budget to scale their teams and craft viable offers to secure the best talent." AIHA members will have the opportunity to explore the report findings via online interactive dashboards, which analyze compensation and benefits data by primary job role, age group, and geographic region, among other measures. An executive summary of the survey is available to the public and can be downloaded at no charge through AIHA's website.

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