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Public Health Director Salary

The majority of Public Health Directors in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $128K per year, and the median is $79K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Public Health Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Public Health Directors survey respondents are women (75 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,642 - $128,910
MEDIAN: $79,312

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$49,642 - $128,910  
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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).
$48,995 - $128,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $55K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. On average, Public Health Directors make $83K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $95K.

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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 14 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 7%