EHS salaries follow a predictable pattern by job title, with vice presidents earning a median of $200,000, and considerably higher median salaries for directors ($110,000) than for EHS managers ($86,000).
The Environment, Health & Safety Benchmarks 2004 survey of EHS department officers was conducted in the spring of 2004 to develop a detailed summary and analysis of expenditures and budgets, staffing, job responsibilities, titles, salaries, outsourcing, and job experience in the environment,
health, and safety arena.
'Metrics on the EHS profession have been in short supply,' said BNA EHS Executive Editor Audrey Hipkins. 'We thought that EHS departments would
be well served by a closer examination of their roles and responsibilities inside different types of companies, with the ability to benchmark the
variables going forward.'
Among other findings in this report:
* Outsourcing is a fact of life in the EHS arena. Nearly three-fourths of the surveyed organizations (73 percent) handed off some aspect of their
programs, tasks and activities to an outside firm or consultant. Seventy-nine percent report no change in their departments' outsourcing arrangements over a 12 month period, although reported expansions were twice as common as scale backs during the period.
* Top EHS managers have a wealth of experience in their jobs, with their organizations, and in the EHS field. They report a median tenure of seven
years in their current positions and 10 years with their organizations. Moreover, almost half of the surveyed officers have logged at least two
decades in the EHS field.
* According to the survey participants, EHS managers hold down the middle of the corporate hierarchy. Two thirds of EHS officials are managers (46
percent) or directors (21 percent). Only 21 percent hold the title of vice president.
* Three out of 20 EHS offices acquired new programs or activities for which they are responsible, while just 10 percent relinquished any duties
between 2003 and 2004.
* EHS department staff levels were little changed between 2003 and 2004. Fourteen percent added new positions during the period, while virtually
the same proportion (13 percent) eliminated EHS jobs. Seven out of 10 surveyed departments (71) percent have the same number of staff this year
as in 2003.
Other survey findings provide additional perspective on trends in outsourcing, staffing, and expenditures and budgets.
Environment, Health & Safety Benchmarks 2004 is a national survey of EHS departments that was conducted between March and May, 2004. Respondents were EHS professionals and executives in a range of industries and companies across the United States.
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