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Public Health Salaries in the District of Columbia

While some challenges still remain, public health officials have made great strides in improving the health of residents of the District. For instance, its rate of low birth weight dropped 4.7% over the past 20 years, and the rate of obesity in DC is one of the lowest in the country.

Washington, DC spent $104.22 per capita on public health in 2014—the fourth highest level of funding compared to the other 50 states. In addition, the CDC allots an additional $128.09 per person. This high level of public health funding directly impacts the number of jobs available to public health officials in the District and helps raise the bar on salary expectations.

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Two DC agencies address public health in Washington. The DC Department of Health sponsors initiatives ranging from providing vaccinations and prenatal care, to carrying out occupational injury surveillance. Professionals at its Epidemiology Division monitor everything from HIV to TB and, in addition, conduct surveillance for food borne illnesses and bioterrorism.

Environmental health efforts are carried out by a different agency—the District Department of the Environment. Efforts range from tracking air quality to replacing lead pipes that carry drinking water. Environmental health scientists also try to mitigate exposure to arsenic and radon to protect DC’s citizens.

The combined effects of DC governmental public health employees, academic researchers, and non-governmental organizations are helping to bring about significant improvements to the public health of residents of the District of Columbia.

Public Health Professional Salaries for the DC Metropolitan Area

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides salary data for public health professionals in the DC metropolitan area, which covers area in surrounding states (2014). While certain salary levels differ substantially between the median salary and that of professionals in the 90th percentile, public health officials with degrees such as a Master in Public Health are much more likely to earn on the high end of the scale.

Public Health Profession
90th Percentile Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$102560
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$120420
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$84370
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$61660
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$89070
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$131050
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$113200
Life and Social Sciences: Biological Scientists
$173820
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$153140
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
$120560
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
$138140
Life and Social Sciences: Social Science Research Assistants
$78050
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$154550
Life and Social Sciences: Sociologists
$186120
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$141160

A Full Analysis of Public Health Salaries for Washington, DC

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides a fully detailed analysis of the hourly wages and annual salaries of public health professionals in the District of Columbia for 2014.

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
1110
88080
Statisticians
1200
103960
Microbiologists
60
107210
Biological Scientists All Other
260
106160
Epidemiologists
Estiamate not released
103180
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
1570
107570
Sociologists
100
112740
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
2930
102130
Social Science Research Assistants
2790
41970
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
160
51930
Rehabilitation Counselors
890
37240
Healthcare Social Workers
480
64390
Health Educators
870
81580
Community Health Workers
630
65150
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
300
85740

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