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Typical Salaries & Pay Rates for
REHSs, Health Inspectors and Environmental Health Job Positions

How much money does an REHS make?

The median salary for environmental scientists and specialists was $68,910 in 2016 and employment is expected to grow 11% from 2016 to 2026, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Your salary potential depends on education, professional credentials, where you work and who you work for. Here are some sample pay ranges of specific job titles:

City/County/State Health Department  
Entry-level REHS/ Health Inspector
Senior REHS/ Health Inspector
Chief REHS (supervises all REHS staff)
Federal Health Department  
Entry-level Health Inspector $40,000-$60,000
Private Sector  
Food Safety Auditor
Food Safety Manager
QA/QC Inspector
Quality Assurance Director/Food Manuf.
Environmental Health Inspector
Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety Mgr

What is an REHS?

EPH Graduate Haliun Ayush“The entire course gives you a lot of credibility. When I go into interviews, employers are usually very impressed that I have been trained to become an Environmental Health Specialist. It has given me an edge and leg-up. Yeah, it was challenging but well worth it.”
-Haliun Ayush, EPH 2011

REHS, or Registered Environmental Health Specialist, refers to two different things:

1. A professional license or certification which is required to work in some states.

2. A job title (often interchangeable with health inspector, sanitarian or sanitary inspector) of a person who conducts environmental health investigations, inspections or audits for a government agency (eg. a public health department) or for a private company (eg. a food manufacturing plant).

Watch this video to learn more about what it means to be a Registered Environmental Health Specialist!

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Are you thinking about becoming an REHS?

Enroll in the Rutgers EPH summer career-prep program!

EPH gives you the in-depth training and hands-on field experience you need to launch your career. EPH also qualifies you to take the NJ REHS license – a nationally respected professional credential. And it does all this in only one summer.

Watch the video below to learn more about the EPH program, including firsthand accounts from EPH alumni!

EPH 2022

» Next Offering:
Summer 2022, exact dates TBD

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