Public Health Director Salary

Public Health Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $50K to $111K per year, median earnings come to $81K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of Public Health Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Health Directors making up 74 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,602 - $113,088
$53K
$81K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,332
10%
50%
90%

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$24.91 - $27.74
$26
MEDIAN: $26.01
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$52,602 - $113,088  
   
Bonus
$1,700  
Total Pay (?
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$50,416 - $111,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$26.01  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,700  
   
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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$50,416 - $111,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Public Health Director

Public health directors are responsible for leading public health programs for their employer. Tasks performed by these directors include managing a budget, planning programming and services, and ensuring that all programming and services meet constituents' needs. Public health directors may also provide education and counseling related to health issues of concern to their employer and community, as well as ensure that any medical or health supplies needed for public health programming are available. Examples of public health outreach programs that might be coordinated by the public health director include no-cost or low-cost vaccination clinics, the distribution of pregnancy prevention items, and programming to educate the general public on HIV/AIDS.

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Public Health Director Tasks

  • Oversee staff operations, business planning and budget development.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
  • Plan and direct the disease management program.
  • Directs the staff in effective and efficient use of research grants and disease studies.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Health Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $70K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $81K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Public Health Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Public Health Directors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $83K.

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Key Stats for Public Health Director

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Public Health Director Salaries

Experienced
▲9%

Late-Career
▲6%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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