Epidemiologist Salary

The average Epidemiologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $63K per year. Compensation ranges from $43K on the lower end to $99K per year on the higher end. Geography and years of experience 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 72 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,612 - $99,240
(Median)
$43K
$63K
$99K
MEDIAN: $63,380
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50%
90%

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$20.04 - $44.22
(Median)
$20
$26
$44
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$42,612 - $99,240  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$23,875  
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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$42,509 - $99,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 573
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$20.04 - $44.22  
   
Overtime
$25.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$23,875  
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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$42,509 - $99,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 experienced in Data Analysis also know 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. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $58K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $71K on average. Epidemiologists see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $95K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,535

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Epidemiologists, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 41 percent above the national average. Epidemiologists will also find cushy salaries in Durham (+35 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). Epidemiologists in Baltimore make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (18 percent lower) and Indianapolis (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 29%

Research Analysis
up arrow 4%

SAS
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$63,000

Public Health
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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