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Public Health Salaries in Delaware

While the residents of Delaware face some significant health challenges, its strengths include a low incidence of pertussis and a high rate of immunization among teens. Public health officials in Delaware are working to improve the state’s health through educational approaches, progressive public policy, and research into health conditions in the state.

Delaware enjoys a high rate of combined state and federal public health spending with the 11th highest per capita spending rate in the country in 2014 according to the United Health Organization. At $105.09 per person in 2014, this per capita spending stayed fairly consistent between 2007 and 2014 even as the number of residents increased. CDC funding alone in the state totaled more than $2.9 million to fight such transmissible diseases as HIV, STDs, TB, and viral hepatitis in 2013.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is the flagship organization in the state working to improve public health. Its programs range from Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to Environmental Toxicology. Environmental health officials monitor everything from spas and tanning facilities to radon and lead levels found in homes and occupational settings.

With the help of progressive legislators, public health officials in Delaware are making substantial progress in improving the health of the state’s residents. These professionals include state and local public officials, academics, health care providers, and non-governmental organizations.

A Comparison of Public Health Salaries for New Castle County

A number of public health professionals are active in Delaware’s most populated county, and the state’s Department of Labor provides the range of salaries that such professionals earned in New Castle County in 2013. While the salary can vary for any given position, professionals with advanced degrees such as a Master of Public Health are likely to earn salaries at the experienced level.

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$37835
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$73382
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$56826
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$37149
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$44824
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$121930
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$87443
Life Sciences: Biochemists & Biophysicists
$105102
Life Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$62795
Life Sciences: Microbiologists
$65125
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$76274

In 2015, a level II epidemiology position for the Division of Public Health in Dover started at between $50,485 and $63,106 per year depending on education and experience.

A Statewide Public Health Professional Salary Analysis for Delaware

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the hourly wages and annual salaries of public health professionals in Delaware for 2014.

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
760
65440
Statisticians
90
94990
Biochemists and Biophysicists
210
92250
Microbiologists
160
60830
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
40
68920
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
180
41980
Rehabilitation Counselors
Estimate not released
35830
Healthcare Social Workers
500
48810
Health Educators
150
62820
Community Health Workers
190
34430
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
350
71190

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