Public Health Directors in the United States take home approximately $81K per year on average. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Public Health Directors survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most Public Health Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$58,186 - $120,805
(Median)
$58K
$81K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,096
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$25.10 - $27.53
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$58,186 - $120,805  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$52,417 - $112,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.19  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$52,417 - $112,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $75K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $72K. For Public Health Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $83K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Public Health Director Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$78,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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