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Public Health Salaries in New Hampshire

New Hampshire ranked as the seventh healthiest state in the country in 2014 according to the United Health Foundation. Some of the reasons for this include a low rate of infant mortality, a low incidence of infectious disease, and a high rate of immunization among teens. In addition, the residents of New Hampshire had the eighth highest rate of recommended physical activity in the country in 2013, according to the Trust for America’s Health.

State public health funding in New Hampshire totaled more than $21.5 million in fiscal year 2013-14. This level of funding enables the state to retain a large number of public health officials, and increases the availability of funds allocated for salaries.

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The Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is formally building on New Hampshire’s health strengths with its State Health Improvement Plan for 2013 through 2020. The DPHS and the Public Health Improvement Services Council (PHISC) are monitoring the implementation of this ambitious plan.

Examples of successful DPHS efforts include collaborations with healthcare providers in New Hampshire to address 14 cases of fungal meningitis associated with injections of contaminated glucocorticoid steroids. The response to this national outbreak was unprecedented in its scope and complexity. Epidemiologists with the DPHS also monitor the 60 to 70 annual reports of gastroenteritis in institutions, since most of these outbreaks are caused by the highly infectious Norovirus.

In another example, scientists with the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program have been formally working with the CDC for two years to assess exposure to environmental contaminants such as arsenic in drinking water and mercury in recreational fish that are eaten.

Public health officials with the PHSIC are already working with state level groups on such issues as obesity, substance abuse, and public health emergency preparedness at the regional level. The combined efforts of a variety of stakeholders in New Hampshire such as state and local public health officials, healthcare providers, non-governmental organizations, and academic researchers are making a difference in the health and subsequent qualify of life of the residents of this state.

A Comparison of the Salaries Among Public Health Professionals in Manchester

The New Hampshire Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau provides the salaries of a number of public health professionals who were employed in the Manchester area in 2014. Such professionals with advanced degrees such as a Master of Public Health are likely to be experienced in their fields and earn on the high end of the salary scales provided.

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$58365
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$59218
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$63170
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$48485
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$41059
Engineers: Environmental Engineers
$84718
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$82118
Life Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$85426
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$81099

The salaries of epidemiologists who worked for the state of New Hampshire in 2013 are publicly available:

  • Epidemiologist/Evaluator with the Asthma Control Program: $61,202
  • Environmental Public Health Tracking Program Epidemiologist: $60,902
  • Surveillance Manager/Epidemiologist: $58,268

 

An Analysis of Salaries Among Public Health Professionals in New Hampshire

For comparison, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a more extensive analysis of the salaries among public health professionals who worked in New Hampshire in 2014.

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
550
61580
Statisticians
90
70190
Biological Scientists All Other
80
85400
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
430
70980
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
140
64800
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
200
47950
Rehabilitation Counselors
500
38190
Healthcare Social Workers
540
57630
Health Educators
170
49800
Community Health Workers
160
37990
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
270
71980

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