Public Health Microbiologist Salary

A Public Health Microbiologist earns an average salary of $51,882 per year.

$30,913 - $87,262
MEDIAN: $51,881

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$30,913 - $87,262  
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$35,200 - $75,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Public Health Microbiologist

Public health microbiologists generally perform microbiological and chemical tests in a laboratory setting. They use laboratory equipment to detect, identify and control microbial disease agents, and they often train and advise non-professional and non-specialist personnel on microbiology-related issues. Public health microbiologists may also act as consultants outside of their department, working with other organizations' staff, the public and allied health personnel. To ensure property safety, public health microbiologists must be trained in and able to follow proper laboratory safety procedures. Due to the dangerous nature of the agents being handled, public health microbiologists need to be well trained in proper laboratory safety procedures. They should understand laws and standards related to public health laboratory programs as well.


Public Health Microbiologist Tasks

  • Plan and direct studies to investigate microorganisms that cause disease.
  • Identify and analyze public health issues related to food borne parasitic diseases and their impact on public policies or scientific studies or surveys.
  • Conduct research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings.
  • Plan, administer and evaluate health safety standards and programs to improve public health, conferring with health department, industry personnel, physicians and others.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


60 %
40 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 5%