Public Health Director Salary

Public Health Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Public Health Directors. Pay fluctuates from $49K to $128K per year, but expected earnings average $80K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Health Directors. Female Public Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,703 - $128,618

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$49,051 - $127,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $55K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $63K. Public Health Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $94K.

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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 15 votes.


72 %
28 %

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: 58% employee benefits None: 7%