Epidemiologist Salary

Median pay for Epidemiologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $62K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $42K to $100K per year. Geography and experience level 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 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Epidemiologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,241 - $99,044
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $62,413
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$20.36 - $51.52
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$20
$26
$52
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$41,241 - $99,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
Total Pay (?
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$41,594 - $99,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$20.36 - $51.52  
   
Overtime
$24.12 - $69.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$41,594 - $99,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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 usually report a few specific 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. It is often found that people who know Data Analysis are 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. Epidemiologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $82K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $97K.

Pay Difference by Location


Epidemiologists will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Epidemiologists will also find cushy salaries in 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 28 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (18 percent lower) and Baltimore (12 percent lower).

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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 104 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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