Epidemiologist Salary

Epidemiologists in the United States take home an average $62K per year. Earnings generally vary between $42K and $100K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Epidemiologists making up 71 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,506 - $98,591

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$20.25 - $51.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,506 - $98,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
Total Pay (?
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$41,808 - $99,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$20.25 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$24.12 - $69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,095  
   
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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$41,808 - $99,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 imply that Epidemiologists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people familiar with 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 $57K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. Epidemiologists see a median salary of $83K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Epidemiologists that is 40 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Epidemiologists will also find cushy salaries in Durham (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), New York (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 32 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Baltimore (18 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Public Health
0%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 10%
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