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Epidemiologist Salary

Epidemiologists in the United States pull down an average of $62K per year. Earnings sit near $41K on the lower side but can approach $100K per year on the higher side. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female Epidemiologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,914 - $98,625
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,775
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$19.93 - $53.33
(Median)
$20
$26
$53
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,914 - $98,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,112  
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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$41,087 - $99,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 525
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$19.93 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$24.12 - $69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,112  
   
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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$41,087 - $99,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63

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Job Description for Epidemiologist

An epidemiologist is a research scientist who studies the relationship between the spread of communicable diseases and the cultures and vectors in which these illnesses spread. The epidemiologist collects data to cover a variety of cultural factors and then helps to find ways for populations and cultural groups to stop, or at least impede, the spread of the disease.

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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


Epidemiologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Statistical Analysis and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent and 6 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Data Analysis indicates knowledge of SAS.

Pay by Experience Level for Epidemiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Epidemiologists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $78K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $95K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Epidemiologists, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Epidemiologists will also find cushy salaries in Durham (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Baltimore and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 30%


SAS
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Data Analysis
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Public Health
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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