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
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
Life and Social Sciences: Biological Scientists
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
Life and Social Sciences: Social Science Research Assistants
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
Life and Social Sciences: Sociologists
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
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.
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
Biological Scientists All Other
Estiamate not released
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
Social Science Research Assistants
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Healthcare Social Workers
Community Health Workers
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
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