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Public Health Salaries in Missouri

Public administrators in Missouri leverage federal funding to augment funding provided by the state. For instance, Missouri received $12.5 million in grant funding from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to improve public infrastructure and prevent disease. In addition, the CDC funds the Missouri Environmental Public Health Tracking program as part of its efforts to protect communities from environmental hazards. Such funding helps to increase the availability of public health jobs and covers the salaries these professionals are paid.

Professionals with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services work to improve public health in the state by educating its citizens, monitoring the rates of infectious and chronic diseases, and evaluating potentially hazardous substances. Its epidemiologists closely track the prevalence of communicable diseases and provide weekly tracking data to health officials and the public. By doing so, these scientists are able to identify outbreaks in their early stages when they may be able to contain infectious diseases before they reach an epidemic stage.

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State public health officials work from a strategic plan that was updated in 2012 and prioritizes keeping the residents of Missouri safe and informed while also positioning resources to ensure maximum returns. They work in concert with their colleagues at the local level, in academia, and in non-governmental organizations to improve the health of Missouri’s citizens.

A Comparison of Salaries Among Public Health Professionals in St. Louis

The Missouri Department of Economic Development provides a salary analysis for many public health positions in the city of St. Louis. Salaries can vary widely, and public health professionals with a high level of education such as a Master of Public Health are likely to earn salaries on the high end of those reported (2013):

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$45037
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$58551
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$55020
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$48206
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$40179
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$80483
Life Sciences: Biological Scientists
$91031
Life Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$65151
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$68244

A Full Analysis of Public Health Salaries in Missouri

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of hourly wages and annual salaries for a number of public health positions in Missouri (2014).

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
Estimate not released
57410
Statisticians
550
66180
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
170
80760
Microbiologists
180
73240
Biological Scientists All Other
330
69520
Epidemiologists
80
57680
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
1220
48060
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
190
75330
Social Science Research Assistants
120
40490
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
1790
34010
Rehabilitation Counselors
2570
37180
Healthcare Social Workers
4810
45290
Health Educators
1150
47510
Community Health Workers
1160
35740
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
1280
66510

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