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Public Health Salaries in Mississippi

Public administrators in Mississippi have been aggressive in seeking federal grant funding, and between 2010 and 2014, they received $7.57 million in funding for efforts to prevent health conditions and improve public health infrastructure. The availability of this funding has a direct effect on the hiring of public health officials and helps raise the salary potential for these professionals.

Key public health officials in Mississippi include epidemiologists with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) who monitor the 29 diseases that healthcare providers are mandated to report, while environmental health specialists regulate or test food, air, water, and wastewater to help protect the public against biological and chemical contaminants.

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Mississippi’s public health officials have been focusing on key health challenges in the state such as a high incidence of stroke. As of January 2015, Mississippi became the first state in the country to have three statewide systems of care with the addition of its Stroke System of Care in hospitals. The state already had a care plan in place for heart attack patients, as well as a system of trauma care.

The collaboration of a number of stakeholders in public health helped bring this about including the MSDH, the Mississippi Healthcare Alliance, the American Heart Association, and the Mississippi Hospital Association. Mississippi is taking full advantage of the expertise of its local and state public health officials, healthcare providers, academic researchers, and non-governmental organizations to improve the state of its residents’ health.

Salaries for Public Health Professionals in Jackson

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security provides details on the salaries of a number of public health professions in Jackson for 2014. While these salaries can vary widely, professionals with advanced public health degrees such as a Master of Public Health are likely to earn higher salaries because of their advanced level of expertise.

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$48130
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$44490
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$48170
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$36470
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$37890
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$59180
Engineers: Health & Safety Engineers
$81570
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$81190
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$58060
Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$78760

An Analysis of Salaries Among Public Health Professionals in Mississippi

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a high level of detail on an array of public health professionals employed in Mississippi as of 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
760
45830
Statisticians
30
56780
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
60
93170
Microbiologists
40
75350
Biological Scientists All Other
280
70550
Epidemiologists
70
40100
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
200
64670
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
700
31860
Rehabilitation Counselors
540
33730
Healthcare Social Workers
1900
44390
Health Educators
470
39400
Community Health Workers
410
35670
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
360
68330

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