Pay for Epidemiologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $62K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Epidemiologists making up 75 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,758 - $99,135
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$43K
$62K
$99K
MEDIAN: $61,977
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$19.25 - $42.81
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$19
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$43
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$42,758 - $99,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,234  
Profit Sharing
$9,643  
Total Pay (?
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$42,280 - $98,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.25 - $42.81  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,234  
   
Profit Sharing
$9,643  
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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$42,280 - $98,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Survey results show that Epidemiologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Statistical Analysis, epidemiology, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 17 percent, and 3 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $58K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Epidemiologists make a median salary of $90K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $89K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,624

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

With a pay rate for Epidemiologists that is 44 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Epidemiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+38 percent), Durham (+37 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and New York (+15 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Austin and Indianapolis (11 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Epidemiologist Salaries




National Average
$62,000


Skills That Affect Epidemiologist Salaries

Statistical Analysis
up arrow 31%

epidemiology
up arrow 17%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

SAS
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Public Health
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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