When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $85K annually) can be spotted in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Hartford, Conn. (about $84K), Salt Lake City, Utah ($50K), and Raleigh, N.C. ($50K) are the next top-paying cities. Atlanta, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at $42K. Department of Public Health workers in Ohio earn the most — around $75K per year on average.
Nursing Directors represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at approximately $67K annually — though Public Health Nurses, Epidemiologists, and Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators also do fairly well at $55K, $48K, and around $43K, respectively. Department of Public Health hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Public Health Educators (about $35K on average).
Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $50K per year. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $46K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Nurses earn $60K per year, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Earning a Public Health Nurse certification garners significant financial rewards of $55K annually on average. The highest-paying degree here is a Master of Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology; Department of Public Health awards approximately $57K to these degree-holders.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Regulatory Compliance; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $57K per year. A common skill in Department of Public Health's work force is Public Health; around one in five of survey participants report using it on the job. Many workers are also familiar with Data Analysis, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Word.
Benefits and Perks
45 percent have paid vacation, and only about two in five workers can take paid time off for illness. Approximately half take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Department of Public Health sponsors. Perks cover health insurance for a large number of respondents and dental coverage for a fair number of survey participants. Department of Public Health also dishes out privileges such as defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, life insurance, 401(a), and a casual working environment.