State public health funding in North Carolina totaled more than $115.5 million in fiscal year 2013-14, while the CDC provided an additional $182.1 million that year. Such levels of public spending include funds allocated for the salaries of public health officials in the state, helping to ensure that these professionals are highly paid for their expertise.
The Division of Public Health of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services enhances health in the state through education and preventative measures, disease monitoring, and advocacy for public policy. Their efforts have contributed to several significant public health initiatives, one of which increased the level of daily physical activity among residents by 6 percent between 2012 and 2014.
State public health officials also advise their colleagues at the local level. In one instance they assisted local government officials in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties with their response to a case of a food handler who was infected with Hepatitis A.
Environmental health officials monitor such health threats as air pollution and discovered that the levels of particulate matter in the air had decreased by 29% in North Carolina’s major cities between 2009 and 2014.
State and local public health officials work in conjunction with their colleagues in non-governmental organizations, academia, and healthcare organizations to jointly improve the level of public health among residents of North Carolina.
A Look at the Salaries for Public Health Professionals in Charlotte
The North Carolina Department of Commerce provides salary data for a number of public health professionals working in the Charlotte metropolitan statistical area in 2015. While some of these fields have a broad range of salaries, professionals with an advanced degree such as a Master of Public Health are likely to have salaries on the high end of the scale.
Salaries for Public Health Professionals throughout North Carolina
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a breakdown by percentile of the hourly wages and annual salaries of public health professionals who worked in North Carolina in 2014.