New York state’s high level of public health spending is one of the reasons that the United Health Foundation rated it as the fourteenth healthiest state in the country in 2014. The state enjoyed the third highest combined federal and state per capita spending for public health efforts in the country as of 2014.
State funding for public health in New York totaled more than $2.14 billion—the second highest per capita spending in the nation in fiscal year 2013-14 when looking at state-sourced funding alone. This high level of funding has a direct effect on the ability of New York’s municipal and county public health departments to offer good salaries as a way to attract top public health professionals.
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The New York State Department of Health works to improve public health through education, monitoring of communicable and chronic diseases and environmental hazards, and helping legislators craft progressive policies designed to promote public health. For example, New York’s epidemiologists monitor a large number of communicable diseases and were on high alert in early 2015 when a college student in Duchess County contracted measles. This created a potential public health crisis, since the individual had traveled by Amtrak train while contagious and could have spread the disease to other members of the public.
The combined efforts of a diverse array of public health professionals are improving the health status of the residents of New York. One highly significant result of their efforts is a 52% drop in infant mortality between 1990 and 2014.
A Salary Analysis of Public Health Professionals in New York City
The New York Department of Labor provides the salaries for an array of public health professionals who were employed in New York City in 2014. While the range of salaries can be highly variable, professionals educated with an advanced degree such as a Master of Public Health are likely to have the experience necessary to fall on the high end of the salary scales.
Public Health Profession
Experienced 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
Engineers: Mining and Geological Engineers
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 Salary Analysis of Public Health Professionals in New York State
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown by percentile of the hourly wages and annual salaries of public health professionals who worked in the state of New York in 2014:
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
Biological Scientists All Other
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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