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Public Health Salaries in Alaska

Among the many challenges that Alaska’s public health officials face, making high quality care accessible to its Native American population is among the most important.

The Alaska Division of Public Health has partnered with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to implement the Healthy Alaskans 2020 program, which focuses on addressing the 25 highest priority public health issues in Alaska.

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As of 2015, public health officials have made significant progress in reducing a number of significant health and social problems in Alaska:

  • The percentage of adolescents who have used tobacco
  • The suicide rate of Alaskans between 15 and 24 years old
  • The rate of child maltreatment
  • The number of people that engage in binge drinking
  • The rate of unintentional injury leading to mortality

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is at the forefront of efforts to improve public health in the state using epidemiological approaches through the Alaska State Public Health Laboratories:

  • Alaskan residents frequently rely on wild game to supplement their diets and run the risk of ingesting Trichinella larvae and coming down with trichinellosis. Six of the outbreaks between 2005 and 2014 involved eating game meat such as wild boar, bear, and moose that had not been adequately cooked. Public health officials are working to publicize this health threat and testing people to see if they have been infected and can be treated.
  • The IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program focuses on basic research that leads to practical ways to improve public health in Alaska. Environmental contamination is a widespread problem in Alaska, and one of the projects funded in 2015 investigated the efficacy of using plants to clean up soils contaminated with diesel in rural parts of the state.

From policy makers and public-facing medical professionals, to research scientists and environmental health professionals, public health officials in Alaska are making significant inroads when it comes to improving the health of the state’s residents.

Salaries for Public Health Professionals in Anchorage

The Alaska Policy Forum provides the salaries of state employees, including the epidemiologists who worked for the Department of Health and Social Services (2010):

  • Chief Epidemiologist: $170,154
  • Epidemiologist: $167,084

The Alaska Department of Labor provides the salary ranges for public health professionals in Anchorage for 2013. Public health officials with an MPH are likely to have salaries on the high end of the spectrum:

Public Health Career
90th Percentile Annual Salary
Community and Social Services-Community Health Workers
$46800
Community and Social Services-Health Educators
$82992
Community and Social Services-Healthcare Social Workers
$77147
Community and Social Services-Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$67725
Computers and Mathematics-Statisticians
$117478
Engineering-Mining and Geological Engineers
$208200
Healthcare Practitioners-Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$97698
Life and Social Sciences-Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$90106
Life and Social Sciences-Microbiologists
$68973
Life and Social Sciences-Social Scientists
$90106
Public Administration-Social & Community Service Managers
$100131

 

An Analysis of Salaries for Public Health Professionals in Alaska

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the hourly and annual salaries of Alaska’s public health officials for 2014. Salaries for the following professions were higher in Alaska than the national average:

  • Community Health Workers
  • Environmental Scientists & Specialists
  • Health Educators
  • Mining & Geological Engineers
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
  • Social & Community Service Managers
  • Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors

*The hourly wage for this position is greater than $90, and the annual salary is more than $187,199. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish slary data beyond these thresholds.

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
320
72920
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
200
124850
Microbiologists
40
72040
Biological Scientists All Other
350
75770
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
1050
72950
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
190
72110
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
210
50660
Rehabilitation Counselors
240
53460
Healthcare Social Workers
260
52480
Health Educators
290
58180
Community Health Workers
600
41530
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
450
83220

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