Public Health Director Salary

The majority of Public Health Directors in the United States — roughly three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $49K to $126K per year, and the median is $80K annually. Female Public Health Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Most Public Health Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$49,888 - $127,809
(Median)
$50K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,482
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$18.38 - $39.78
(Median)
$18
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,888 - $127,809  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$49,442 - $126,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $39.78  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,500  
   
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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$49,442 - $126,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During the first five years of their careers, Public Health Directors see a median income of $58K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $63K. Public Health Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $83K. Public Health Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $92K.

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Experience Affects Public Health Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$78,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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