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Epidemiologist Salary

For Epidemiologists, annual average wages total $62K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $41K to $101K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Epidemiologists (66 percent) who took the survey are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,053 - $100,195
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,156
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$19.27 - $51.52
(Median)
$19
$26
$52
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$41,053 - $100,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
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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$41,150 - $101,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.27 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$23.80 - $69.38  
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 - $5,131  
   
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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$41,150 - $101,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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


Typical Epidemiologists report a focused set of job 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 7 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $56K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $70K. Epidemiologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $77K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Epidemiologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. Epidemiologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+49 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Workers in Baltimore and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 12 percent.

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
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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 127 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%