Years of Experience
Average pay is about $49K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (27 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $40K per year.
The highest average salaries go to Epidemiologists, who bring in close to $54K annually, though Public Health Educators are not far behind at $33K along with Environmental Specialists earning approximately $32K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $56K per year) can be spotted in Atlanta, Ga.; Boston, Mass. (about $55K), Raleigh, N.C. (approximately $55K), and Denver, Colo. ($51K) are the next top-paying cities. Macon, Ga. is near the bottom for pay at $35K. Within the company, workers earn the highest salaries (an average of $55K annually) in Massachusetts.
Certifications and Degrees
Registered Nurses have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at around $55K per year. Employees who have a Master of Public Health (MPH) make the most here, hauling in $55K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of $61K per year. Data Analysis is a popular skill among Department of Public Health workers, with close to a fifth of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Key skills also include Public Health, SAS, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Company compensation for vacation days and sick leave is awarded to only 35 percent. Employees can save for retirement by joining one of several savings plans such as a 401(k) plan and a company pension plan. A large number of employees have health insurance, and benefits for a majority of workers also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes life insurance, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and a casual working environment.