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Epidemiologist Salary (United States)

Average Epidemiologists in the United States make around $61K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Epidemiologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. There are more female Epidemiologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Epidemiologist Salary (?
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$40,627 - $98,478
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MEDIAN: $60,940
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Epidemiologist Salary (?
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$19.24 - $50.45
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,627 - $98,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,706 - $99,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.24 - $50.45  
   
Overtime
$24.22 - $69.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $5,106  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$40,706 - $99,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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Job Description for Epidemiologist

The primary responsibilities of an Epidemiologist involve the research of, design, testing and implementation of programs related to health threats, including developing vaccines to contain and limit the spread of communicable diseases and evaluating all aspects of health safety. An Epidemiologist creates vaccine programs, helps monitor the progress of vaccination campaigns and plays a role in ensuring the health and safety of the region and the world as a whole through prevention of disease. Vaccination plays a critical role in prevention of disease and improving the general health of the public, Epidemiologists developing vaccination programs are responsible for the control of Polio, elimination of Smallpox and numerous other public health concerns. With a career as a Epidemiologist, protecting the health of the public and researching new ways to combat the ever growing threat of illness are key roles. An Epidemiologist may lead a team of lab technicians who research vaccines, collaborate with groups such as The World Health Organization and the CDC to fight disease and report to regional and national governments when necessary in creating and maintaining vaccination and public health programs. An Epidemiologist may also be employed by a corporation to monitor the health of it's employees and to research potential health hazards and formulate plans of action. A bachelor's degree in health sciences along with experience in the health field is the minimum educational requirement for a career as a Epidemiologist, some job opportunities may require the candidate to have a Master's degree or PhD in health sciences, depending on the qualifications and duties of the specific position. The hours worked as an Epidemiologist may vary depending on the type of industry or agency being worked for, an Epidemiologist may need to work extra hours as needed in a critical health emergency to ensure safety of others.
Epidemiologist Tasks
  • Plan and direct studies to investigate disease, preventive methods and treatments.
  • Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel and physicians.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing and interpreting data and presenting findings.

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Popular Skills for Epidemiologist

Survey takers who work as Epidemiologists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, SAS, Data Analysis, and Public Health are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Data Analysis also know SAS.

Pay by Experience Level for Epidemiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Epidemiologists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. Epidemiologists see a median salary of $78K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $93K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 40 percent, Epidemiologists in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Epidemiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+23 percent), New York (+12 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lansing and Columbus (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries

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$61,000

Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

SAS
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$61,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 10%