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Public Health Director Salary

Public Health Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $78K per year, but may range from $49K to $126K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Public Health Directors making up 74 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$49,332 - $126,822
MEDIAN: $77,505

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$49,332 - $126,822  
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$48,731 - $126,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Public Health Director

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

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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.

Public Health Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $55K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $66K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $83K. Public Health Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $97K.

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Experience Affects Public Health Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.


74 %
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 7%