CIH Certification Results in Higher Salaries According to AIHA Survey

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) administers the internationally recognized Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) program.
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LANSING, Mich. - April 21, 2014 - PRLog -- In September of 2013, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) launched their 2013 Compensation Survey.  The results were posted earlier this year and the detailed report features information about how industrial hygiene professionals are compensated and it also examines such factors such as their industry, experience, geographical location, certifications and more.

A key component of the survey examined how a respondent’s certification status impacted their salary.  Information was collected based on the respondents’ certification status:  CIH Only, CSP Only, CIH & CSP or No CIH/CSP. Take away points from the survey data include:

In general, having CIH only certification earned more in annual salary than having CSP only certification or not having either certification.
Having both CIH and CSP certifications earned more in annual salary than having only one of them, although the salary gap was relatively smaller for those with CIH only certification.
Except for Construction, having CIH only certification earned more in annual salary than having CSP only in every industry, with the difference being the largest for those working in Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology and Government/Military.
The salary premium for having CIH only certification over CSP only was the highest for those with 15-24 years of experience and those aged 45-54.
Although having both CIH and CSP certification earned more in annual salary than having CIH only for all age groups and years in profession, the premium in salary for having multiple certifications was the lowest for those with more experience and those nearest to retirement.

“The results of the 2013 AIHA Compensation Survey revel once again that those who have earned the CIH have positioned themselves to earn a higher salary,” said Lynn O’Donnell, CIH, Executive Director for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.  “The difference in salaries between those with and without CIH certification can equal tens of thousands of dollars per year as shown in the survey.”

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To learn more about the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, CIH program and how certification can impact a person’s income potential, please visit, email or call (517) 321-2638.

About the American Board of Industrial Hygiene

Since 1960, ABIH, a not-for-profit corporation, has been the world's largest, premier organization for certifying professionals in the practice of industrial hygiene. ABIH is responsible for ensuring high-quality certification including education, experience, examination, certification maintenance and ethics enforcement.  Currently, more than 6700 people are certified to use the CIH designation.

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