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The Salary of a Loss Control Representative

by Rick Suttle

Insurance companies and other corporations depend on loss control representatives to evaluate and analyze work environments and create programs to minimize workers' stress, diseases, chemical accidents, and other damaging factors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) classifies loss control representatives as health and safety specialists. They earned average salaries of approximately $70,000 annually in 2012.

Salaries and Qualifications

The average salary for a loss control representative was $67,960, as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). To become a loss control representative, you need the minimum of a bachelor's degree in occupational health, safety, engineering, biology or chemistry. Most of these workers are trained on the job by experienced loss control representatives for up to one year, according to the BLS. Other essential requirements for this job include an attention to detail, physical stamina, and communication, technical and problem-solving skills.

Salaries Vary by Employer

In 2012, average salaries for control loss representatives were highest in the chemical and allied products wholesaler industry at $92,550, according to the BLS. They earned $85,360 and $76,380, respectively, working for oil and gas extraction companies and the federal government. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is an example of an employer who hires loss control representatives. If you worked at a general medical and surgical hospital, you'd earn an average of $65,620 in this field. In pesticide and fertilizer manufacturing plants, you'd make $68,110 annually.

State or District Salaries

Loss control representatives earned the most in Washington, D.C., according to 2012 BLS data -- $87,000 per year. They earned the second and third highest salaries in New Jersey and California at $76,300 and $76,210 per year, respectively. If you were a loss control representative in Texas or New York, you'd earn $71,020 or $68,710, respectively. In Ohio or Pennsylvania, you'd make an average salary of $72,430 or $64,800, respectively.

Job Outlook

The BLS predicts a 9 percent increase in employment for occupational health and safety specialists, including loss control representatives, from 2010 to 2020, which is lower than the national average of 14 percent for all occupations. Increased use of nuclear power as an energy source may produce more jobs for safety specialists and loss control representatives in the next decade. Increases among aging Americans may also increase jobs for all health and safety specialists, as employers and insurance companies will need them to minimize losses from worker's compensation and other related expenses.

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