Public Health Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $81K per year on average but can range from $51K to $114K per year. Job satisfaction for Public Health Directors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Female Public Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent.

$53,117 - $119,195
$53K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,097
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$25.10 - $27.53
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MEDIAN: $26.19
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$53,117 - $119,195  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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$51,328 - $113,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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Hourly Rate
$26.19  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$51,328 - $113,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. Public Health Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $84K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $82K.

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Key Stats for Public Health Director

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
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1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Public Health Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$78,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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