What does a Safety Engineer do?

Safety engineers develop procedures and system designs that protect people from illness and injury and property from damage. They combine their engineering and health and safety knowledge to ensure that chemicals, machinery, software, furniture, and other products do not harm people or damage property. They maintain and apply their knowledge of current health and safety policies, regulations, and industrial processes and review plans and specifications of new machinery and equipment to ensure they meet safety standards.

Safety engineers identify and correct potential hazards by inspecting facilities, machinery, and safety equipment and evaluate various industrial control mechanisms’ effectiveness. They ensure buildings or products comply with health and safety regulations, paying careful attention after conducting an inspection that requires changes. They direct and oversee the installation of safety devices on machinery, and review employee safety programs, recommending necessary improvements as needed. Safety engineers need a bachelor's degree in environmental safety or engineering.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Safety Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

£46,380 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £46K
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Safety Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a Safety Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Safety Engineer
24 May 2021

“Great suparb awesome fantastic nice”

Premier Explosives
Fire Safety Engineer
12 Oct 2020

“Flexible to work and in disciplined way”

Netcon Technologies
Senior Safety Engineer
19 May 2021

“Netcon is the best place for beginners for learning and developing career skills.”

Safety Engineer
21 May 2020

“Real flat hierarchy and responsibilities share.”

US ArmyUS Army
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
19 Nov 2020

“Rewarding and prestigious career.”

Pyome Infra SolutionsPyome Infra Solutions
Safety Engineer
18 Sep 2020

“This is the best company and career growth.”

General Motors (GM)General Motors (GM)
Functional Safety Engineer
19 May 2020

“Top notch training from best of the best”

Murugappa GroupMurugappa Group
Safety Engineer
22 Apr 2021

“Work life balance was good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a safety engineer

When working as a safety engineer, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PSM, Excellent Communication, Security Clearance, Microsoft Office Suite and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to safety engineer are:
  • Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Process Engineer

The most common qualifications to become a safety engineer is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.