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Public Health Salaries in Alabama

Public health officials in Alabama are taking a proactive approach to tackling the problems that affect the state’s citizens. Through dozens of research programs and initiatives, the state’s policy makers, research scientists and public-facing health professionals are working to do everything from tracking and preventing the spread of infectious disease, to ensuring residents in the state’s many rural areas have adequate access to the public health resources they so desperately need. Public health professionals with a Masters in Public Health (MPH) are in a better position to effect change and advance to higher-paying leadership positions such as public administration.

The Alabama Department of Public Health has a dedicated Epidemiology Division whose job it is to track potential infectious outbreaks in the state. Public health officials monitored forty different types of infectious human diseases in 2014, identifying 3,139 cases.

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Cutting-edge public health research in Alabama includes a collaboration between NASA and academic researchers to track factors that could be linked to asthma among inner city children. These environmental health researchers use satellite images to track changes in air quality by block looking for a link between the frequency of asthma and the quality of the air. In an unrelated program, biostatisticians are actively analyzing data from more than 30,000 residents to identify why people in Alabama and surrounding regions have higher rates of fatal strokes than the national average.

Dozens of different specializations come together under the state’s public health organizations to ensure the health and safety of the state’s citizens. Alabama is making great strides in improving the health of its residents – from the research scientists that look for links between environmental factors and the specific health problems affecting state residents, to the environmental health professionals that work to contain and mitigate industrial pollution.

Salaries Advertised for Public Health Jobs with the State of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Public Health and other agencies involved in improving public health in the state employ most of the state’s public health professionals, offering salaries that differ for the respective jobs.

The increase in earnings that result from having an MPH is evident in the salary range between public health educators and senior public health educators, who earned $11,760 more than their lesser-educated counterparts, for example.

Department of Public Health

   Health Educators:

  • Senior Public Health Educator: $39,290 – $59,517
  • Public Health Educator: $31,488 – $47,757

   Environmental Health:

  • Public Health Environmental Manager: $52,663 – $84,276

   Epidemiologist:

  • Senior Disease Intervention Specialist: $35,589 – $59,518

   Healthcare Social Worker:

  • Public Health Care Social Worker IV: $47,758 – $72,686

   Microbiologist:

  • Microbiology Lab Supervisor: $45,502 – $69,098

Public Administration:

  • Health Services Administrator I: $31,488 – $53,995

Department of Rehabilitative Services

   Rehabilitation Counselor:

  • Rehabilitation Specialist III: $50,119 – $76,349

Department of Environmental Management

Environmental Health:

  • Environmental Scientist Senior: $30,290 – $59,517

Various State Agencies

   Health and Safety Engineer:

  • Senior Environmental Engineering Specialist $50,119 – $76,348

 

Comparing Salaries Among Alabama’s Public Health Professionals

The Alabama Department of Labor provides the annual salaries for a number of jobs in the public health sector for 2015. Individuals with a Master of Public Health most often represent those with salaries at the higher end of the ranges provided:

Public Health Career
Average Annual Salary
Biological Scientists
$65430
Biophysicists
$88780
Community and Social Service Specialists
$41440
Community Health Workers
$40020
Environmental Scientists and Specialists
$59340
Epidemiologists
$59140
Health Educators
$42440
Healthcare Social Workers
$45010
Microbiologists
$71100
Mining and Geological Engineers
$89410
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$68640
Rehabilitation Counselors
$36780
Social and Community Service Managers
$63810
Social Science Research Assistants
$34270
Social Scientists and Related Workers
$81370
Sociologists
$40460
Statisticians
$56060
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$41920

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of the salaries for public health professionals in Alabama for 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
850
63810
Statisticians
250
56060
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
150
89410
Biochemists and Biophysicists
Estimate not released
88780
Microbiologists
140
71100
Biological Scientists All Other
170
65430
Epidemiologists
40
59140
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
920
59340
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
210
81370
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
600
41920
Rehabilitation Counselors
730
36780
Healthcare Social Workers
2250
45010
Health Educators
290
42440
Community Health Workers
430
40020
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
860
68640

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