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Public Health Director Salary

Public Health Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than 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 $129K per year. Female Public Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Work is enjoyable for Public Health Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,458 - $129,858
MEDIAN: $77,957

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$49,458 - $129,858  
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$48,821 - $128,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $82K. Public Health Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $97K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 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: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 7%