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Public Health Salaries in Maryland

Maryland has successfully tackled some significant public health challenges including reducing the rate of deaths from cardiovascular disease. In fact, the state had the fifth lowest rate of smoking in the country in 2014 according to the American Public Health Association.

Maintaining a high level of public health in Maryland is a joint effort between state, local, and federal public health officials, academia, and non-governmental organizations. For instance, the Emerging Infections Program under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) combines the efforts of state epidemiologists with the public health specialists at two Maryland Schools of Public Health.

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Epidemiologists with the DHMH tracked 86 diseases in 2013 and identified 1,198 cases of Lyme disease throughout the state. This disease is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases in Maryland, and the agency educates the public on how to properly handle tick bites, and what symptoms indicate an active infection.

Environmental health scientists in the DHMH’s Environmental Health Bureau work with a variety of stakeholders to keep the residents of Maryland safe from environmental hazards such as lead, radon, and carbon monoxide.

The DHMH is working jointly with the Maryland Department of the Environment to closely track environmental health issues. Maryland is one of 23 states that receive funding from the CDC allocated to develop a national and state tracking network of environment and health data.

The collaborative efforts of public health officials at the state, federal, and local level are having a demonstrable impact on improving the health of the state’s residents. These efforts are greatly helped by the presence of stellar academic institutions with dedicated Schools of Public Health.

An Analysis of the Salaries of Public Health Professionals in Baltimore

The Maryland Department of Labor and Industrial Relations provides the range of salaries for public health officials in the Baltimore area for 2014. These salaries can vary substantially, but public health specialists 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
$51472
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$72488
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$67390
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$54328
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$48237
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$81682
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Technicians
$69044
Life and Social Sciences: Biological Scientists
$101814
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$98900
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
$80408
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
$81984
Life and Social Sciences: Social Science Research Assistants
$46137
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$104988
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$86193

A Comparison of the Salaries of Public Health Professionals in Maryland

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

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
1760
74120
Statisticians
2910
98400
Microbiologists
1320
106470
Biological Scientists All Other
3490
94710
Epidemiologists
310
77010
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
2180
74420
Sociologists
50
88090
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
2070
90030
Social Science Research Assistants
820
52210
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
2290
43990
Rehabilitation Counselors
1600
32550
Counselors All Other
910
36880
Healthcare Social Workers
3430
55540
Health Educators
1770
86540
Community Health Workers
1460
39650
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
1030
86810

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