Epidemiologist Salary

Epidemiologists in the United States take home approximately $63K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $42K on the lower end to $100K per year on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Epidemiologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Epidemiologists making up 71 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,339 - $99,088
(Median)
$41K
$63K
$99K
MEDIAN: $62,551
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$20.18 - $51.06
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$26
$51
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,339 - $99,088  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,084  
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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$41,594 - $99,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$24.12 - $69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,084  
   
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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$41,594 - $99,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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


Survey results show that Epidemiologists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Statistical Analysis and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Data Analysis are, more often than not, also skilled in SAS.

Pay by Experience Level for Epidemiologist

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


For many Epidemiologists, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Epidemiologists make a median salary of $84K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $97K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Epidemiologists, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. Epidemiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Durham (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Epidemiologists in Indianapolis earning a whopping 32 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Phoenix and 12 percent less in Baltimore, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 29%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

SAS
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Public Health
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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