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Results of 2019 Life Safety Professionals Industry Survey

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109 people responded to our Emergency, Health, and Safety Professionals Industry Survey this summer. The responses to each question are listed below.

All but 11 people who participated are from Indiana. Alabama saw four responses, Maryland two, and Kentucky, Missouri, Tennesee, Utah, and Wisconsin one each.

Respondent Demographics



72 individuals are ages 45-64, outpacing other age groups by 3:1.



66 men responded, 42 women, and 1 other/prefer not to say.



The vast majority of survey takers are white, far outpacing Indiana and national averages of the population as a whole.

Position, Education, and Certifications

Job Title

Job Title

A mix of nurses, directors, and other position types took the survey. Among men and women, women hold “Coordinator” and “Manager” level positions at roughly the same rate as men. But men are twice as nearly twice as likely to hold a “Director” level position, value-adjusted.

Position by Gender

Highest Level of Education

Highest Level of Education

Only 12 of 109 respondents, or 11%, have less than a college education.

The relevance of education to work

Relevance of Education

Respondents rank the importance and value of their college education as being useful in their work “A lot” or “Some” of the time. Only 12%, roughly the same number as those having not attended college or university, say their education does not impact their work.

Type of organization worked in

Organization Type

Organizations type vary, with hospitals being the largest source of life safety professionals:

Certifications held

Certifications Held

Of 109 responses, many hold more than one advanced certification, with 35 respondents hold HICS certification. 31 hold BDLS and 28 CHEP certifications. CHFSP is held by 1.

Organization and Employer Size, Work Balance, and Work Style

Organization size

Employer Size

4% are self-employed, while most work in organizations larger than 3,000 employees — most likely large hospital systems. 51-300 employees is also a significant portion of organizations.

Hours worked per week

Hours worked per week

Most people are working a regular 40-49 hour workweek. Men are only slightly more likely to work more hours than women:

Hours worked per week by gender

Years in the industry

Years on the job

Most respondents have been in the industry for more than ten years.

Degree of work

Degree of Work

Most respondents, presumably in a hospital setting, work in the facility but mobile during the day. Only 3% work remotely. About 18% work at a desk and mobile with significant travel respectively.

Next likely career move

Next Career Move

Most survey takers indicate stability in their jobs, with just under 40% keen to stay where they are and 23% seeking a promotion at their current job.

Paid vacation plus holidays

Vacation Days per year

Most survey takers get all ten federal holidays, plus another week or two on top in paid time off.

Current salary range

Salary Ranges

Tracking slightly above the Indiana salary average of $51,334 and US salary average of $56,516, most respondents are doing above-average in overall compensation. Those answering less than $20,000 a year are also in part-time positions working commensurately fewer hours.

Amount of last raise (within past two years)

Amount of Last Raise

Continuing to track along US national averages, life safety professionals average 1-5% increases in a two year period in their salaries.

Salary by Gender

Among this survey, men are about 10% more likely to earn more than women at mid-range salary levels.

Job satisfaction

Job Satisfaction

Most respondents are satisfied with their employer, their work, and their career choices. Among those with negative views of their employer, compensation is either very low, or education is very high at the Master’s level with commensurately lower pay.

Only 2% have a negative view of their work. Among those individuals, no discernible pattern in salary, paid time off, education, or hours worked is noticeable in this survey.

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