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Public Health Salaries in North Carolina

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.

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community and Social Services : Community Health Workers
$41630
Community and Social Services : Health Educators
$59030
Community and Social Services : Rehabilitation Counselors
$49930
Community and Social Services : Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$51540
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$92220
Engineers: Health & Safety Engineers
$80230
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$77420
Life and Social Sciences: Biological Scientists
$75980
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$71720
Life and Social Sciences: Social Science Research Assistants
$53760
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$86600
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$80010

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.

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
2250
64490
Statisticians
950
96840
Microbiologists
370
67990
Biological Scientists All Other
780
76140
Epidemiologists
150
99400
Sociologists
50
84030
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
1250
72650
Social Science Research Assistants
1250
47060
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
1620
44710
Rehabilitation Counselors
3000
37820
Healthcare Social Workers
3660
48670
Health Educators
1030
48570
Community Health Workers
780
38980
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
1610
63780

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