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Public Health Salaries in New York

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
$43320
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$57260
Community and Social Services: Healthcare Social Workers
$72370
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$44120
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$54000
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$89580
Engineers: Mining and Geological Engineers
$95700
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$88590
Life and Social Sciences: Biological Scientists
$83100
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$98030
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
$73390
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
$98920
Life and Social Sciences: Social Science Research Assistants
$54670
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$97580
Life and Social Sciences: Sociologists
$92210
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$97800

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:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
10640
82510
Statisticians
1280
77600
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
90
92340
Microbiologists
1740
73810
Biological Scientists All Other
680
72890
Epidemiologists
220
78020
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
2740
74440
Sociologists
430
75910
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
2100
83000
Social Science Research Assistants
7170
39480
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
8220
46020
Rehabilitation Counselors
8670
36490
Healthcare Social Workers
11540
58950
Health Educators
4680
49800
Community Health Workers
2900
41410
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
3110
71360

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