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Health and Safety Officer Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a Health and Safety Officer make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
74,200 GBP
( 6,180 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Health and Safety Officer in United Kingdom typically earns around 74,200 GBP per year. Salaries range from 34,100 GBP (lowest) to 118,000 GBP (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Health and Safety Officer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Health and Safety Officer Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Health and Safety Officer salaries in United Kingdom range from 34,100 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 118,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 80,100 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 80,100 GBP while the other half are earning more than 80,100 GBP. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 51,400 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 51,400 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Health and Safety Officer(s) are earning less than 107,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 107,000 GBP.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Health and Safety Officer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Health and Safety Officer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 38,700 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 51,700 GBP per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 76,500 GBP per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Health and Safety Officer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 93,300 GBP per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 102,000 GBP per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 110,000 GBP per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Health and Safety Officer average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
38,700 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
51,700 GBP
5 - 10 Years+48%
76,500 GBP
10 - 15 Years+22%
93,300 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
102,000 GBP
20+ Years+8%
110,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Health and Safety Officer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Health and Safety Officer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Health and Safety Officer is 44,200 GBP per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 69,400 GBP per year, 57% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 116,000 GBP per year, 68% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Health and Safety Officer average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Certificate or Diploma
44,200 GBP
Bachelor's Degree+57%
69,400 GBP
Master's Degree+68%
116,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Health and Safety Officer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Health and Safety Officer employees in United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

72,300 GBP
76,200 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Health and Safety Officer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Health and Safety Officer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Health and Safety Officer

Health and Safety Officer(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Kingdom / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Health and Safety Officer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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A Health and Safety Officer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

65% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 35% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly United Kingdom
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Health and Safety Officer employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Health and Safety Officer Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

How are Health and Safety Officer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom Health and Safety Officer
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Average Salary 2016
64,200 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
66,500 GBP
Average Salary 2018+4%
69,000 GBP
Average Salary 2019+4%
71,600 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Health and Safety Officer salaries in United Kingdom are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Health and Safety Officer Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

36 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 36 GBP. This means that the average Health and Safety Officer in United Kingdom earns approximately 36 GBP for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Health and Safety Officer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Health and Safety Officer and Construction / Building / Installation yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Health and Safety Officer is 12% less than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 29% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator73,100 GBP-1%
Assembler72,100 GBP-3%
Boat Builder and Shipwright81,300 GBP+10%
Bricklayer62,400 GBP-16%
Building Administrator81,000 GBP+9%
Building Contracts Manager128,000 GBP+72%
Building Inspector86,500 GBP+17%
Building Monitor65,600 GBP-12%
Building Sales Manager132,000 GBP+78%
Cabinetmaker69,800 GBP-6%
Carpenter76,300 GBP+3%
Civil Engineer111,000 GBP+50%
Civil Technician88,700 GBP+20%
Concreter74,400 GBP+0%
Construction and Maintenance Manager93,600 GBP+26%
Construction Assistant82,500 GBP+11%
Construction Coordinator95,400 GBP+29%
Construction Estimator103,000 GBP+39%
Construction Field Engineer110,000 GBP+48%
Construction General Manager117,000 GBP+58%
Construction Inventory Officer66,900 GBP-10%
Construction Operations Manager110,000 GBP+48%
Construction Project Coordinator116,000 GBP+56%
Construction Project Engineer111,000 GBP+50%
Construction Project Manager147,000 GBP+98%
Construction Project Planner111,000 GBP+50%
Construction Quality Control Manager124,000 GBP+67%
Construction Safety Officer106,000 GBP+43%
Construction Superintendent111,000 GBP+50%
Construction Supervisor120,000 GBP+62%
Construction Technical Assistant80,300 GBP+8%
Construction Technical Officer73,900 GBP-0%
Construction Technical Writer78,500 GBP+6%
Construction Technician71,100 GBP-4%
Crane and Tower Operator70,400 GBP-5%
Diesel Mechanic62,400 GBP-16%
Drywall Installer71,300 GBP-4%
Electrical Draftsman67,200 GBP-9%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor107,000 GBP+44%
Electrical Engineering Technician84,700 GBP+14%
Electrician93,900 GBP+27%
Elevator Installer and Repairer79,100 GBP+7%
Engineer109,000 GBP+47%
Excavator Operator77,800 GBP+5%
Floor Finisher80,800 GBP+9%
Floor Manager96,600 GBP+30%
Foreman60,900 GBP-18%
Frame and Truss Detailer66,200 GBP-11%
Furniture Finisher61,100 GBP-18%
Gas Technician 58,000 GBP-22%
Handyman62,800 GBP-15%
Health and Safety Coordinator86,700 GBP+17%
Health and Safety Officer74,200 GBP-0%
Installation Manager122,000 GBP+64%
Installer73,200 GBP-1%
Insulation Installer65,600 GBP-12%
Labourer50,500 GBP-32%
Land Surveyor74,500 GBP+0%
Lift Technician61,100 GBP-18%
Material Tester75,400 GBP+2%
Model Maker76,900 GBP+4%
Order Picker63,900 GBP-14%
Painter66,100 GBP-11%
Pipe Layer58,700 GBP-21%
Pipefitter56,000 GBP-25%
Plumber66,600 GBP-10%
Property Coordinator111,000 GBP+50%
Purchasing Manager118,000 GBP+59%
Quantity Surveyor102,000 GBP+37%
Roof Slater and Tiler72,300 GBP-3%
Sheet Metal Mechanic75,800 GBP+2%
Site Clerk66,600 GBP-10%
Site engineer100,000 GBP+35%
Site Leader116,000 GBP+56%
Stock Controller87,900 GBP+18%
Structural Steel Construction Worker77,300 GBP+4%
Technical Draughtsman77,300 GBP+4%
Tendering Manager138,000 GBP+86%
Tower Crane Operator64,300 GBP-13%
Wall and Floor Tiler63,800 GBP-14%
Warehouse Manager117,000 GBP+58%
Welder62,600 GBP-16%
Welding Superintendent76,900 GBP+4%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen74,900 GBP
Abingdon65,400 GBP
Armagh78,000 GBP
Bangor68,800 GBP
Belfast77,800 GBP
Birmingham90,600 GBP
Bradford80,900 GBP
Brighton81,900 GBP
Bristol82,100 GBP
Cambridge73,500 GBP
Canterbury71,700 GBP
Cardiff79,900 GBP
Chester69,800 GBP
Coventry84,200 GBP
Derby77,000 GBP
Derry72,700 GBP
Dundee75,700 GBP
Durham70,400 GBP
Edinburgh87,500 GBP
Exeter77,200 GBP
Glasgow84,600 GBP
Gloucester72,000 GBP
Hartlepool73,400 GBP
Inverness70,300 GBP
Kingston upon Hull78,500 GBP
Kirkwall64,000 GBP
Leeds86,300 GBP
Leicester86,700 GBP
Lincoln73,500 GBP
Lisburn73,300 GBP
Liverpool87,300 GBP
London83,600 GBP
Manchester84,800 GBP
Newcastle84,300 GBP
Newport75,700 GBP
Newry71,200 GBP
Norwich72,700 GBP
Nottingham83,400 GBP
Oxford73,400 GBP
Peterborough77,200 GBP
Plymouth82,700 GBP
Poole73,500 GBP
Portsmouth79,600 GBP
Ripon64,700 GBP
Salisbury69,700 GBP
Sheffield88,300 GBP
Somerset84,100 GBP
Southampton77,200 GBP
St Davids68,600 GBP
Stirling71,900 GBP
Stromness68,600 GBP
Strontian63,800 GBP
Swansea77,200 GBP
Truro69,500 GBP
Wakefield68,300 GBP
Wells66,600 GBP
Winchester72,500 GBP
Wolverhampton77,900 GBP
York78,800 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England147,000 GBP
Northern Ireland68,900 GBP
Scotland102,000 GBP
Wales70,500 GBP
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