The Salary Range of an Assistant Project Safety Administrator

by Rick Suttle

Construction, engineering, and architectural companies depend on assistant project safety administrators to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions and practices on construction sites. Assistant project safety administrators also help project safety administrators review construction safety programs and determine whether they comply with safety regulations set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If you want to work as an assistant project safety administrator, you can expect your salary to vary by state or district.

Salary Between $55,000 and $60,000

The average annual salary of an assistant project safety administrator was $56,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. To qualify for this job, you need at least a bachelor's degree in safety and health, construction management or science or a related major. Employers may also prefer that you have one or more years of experience in project safety within the construction industry. Other important qualifications are physical stamina and organizational, management, leadership, communication, problem-solving and computer skills.

Top Pay in New York

Average salaries for assistant project safety administrators varied most significantly within the West region in 2013, according to Indeed, where they earned the highest salaries of $61,000 in California and the lowest of $36,000 in Hawaii. Those in the South made $48,000 to $67,000 per year in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., respectively. If you worked as an assistant project safety administrator in Maine or New York, you'd earn an average of $48,000 or $68,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. In the Midwest, you'd make the least in Nebraska or South Dakota and most in Illinois at $42,000 and $62,000, respectively.

Earn Less Than Project Safety Administrators

While assistant project safety administrators made an average of $58,000 in 2013, Indeed reported average annual salaries of $66,000 for project safety administrators for the same year. Assistant project safety administrators usually report to project safety administrators or managers, which is why the latter earn approximately 18 percent more on average. If you were an assistant project safety administrator, you might earn more in the commercial than residential construction industry, as construction managers do. For example, construction managers, who oversee all work performed at construction sites, averaged $92,400 annually in the commercial market as of May 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and $85,460 in the residential sector. Average annual salaries for construction managers were $90,960.

Average Job Growth

The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for assistant project safety administrators. It estimates a 17 percent increase in jobs for construction managers from 2010 to 2020, which is statistically about average compared to the 14 percent national rate for all occupations. Population increases, which will drive up demand for construction, may increase jobs for construction managers. Construction managers may then need to hire project safety administrators and assistants to oversee construction workers' safety on construction projects. Cities will also need construction managers to oversee the construction of bridges, sewers and roads, although limited budgets may temper job growth to some extent.

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