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Public Health Salaries in Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma has been aggressively working to improve the health of its residents through its Healthy Oklahoma 2020 strategic plan. Since the report was first issued in 2010, Oklahoma has made major gains in critical health metrics, including reductions in the rate of infant mortality and reductions in the use of tobacco among both adults and adolescents.

Oklahoma spent more than $168.2 million on public health in fiscal year 2013-14, while the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) spent an additional $88.5 million that year. This level of public health spending directly impacts the availability of jobs for professionals in this field, and helps to raise the bar on the salaries they are offered.

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health is the preeminent public health agency in the state, operating a sophisticated web-based platform for disease reporting to facilitate the surveillance of infectious diseases. Oklahoma’s Administrative Code requires clinicians to report certain diseases immediately, including measles, rabies, and suspected cases of bioterrorism. Epidemiologists report emergent infections to healthcare providers and partner agencies through the Oklahoma Health Alert Network.

Environmental health specialists in Oklahoma investigate and consult on such critical topics as possible foodborne diseases and potential cases of exposure to rabies.

A variety of stakeholders in Oklahoma’s public health system contribute to improving the health of the state’s residents. They range from state and local public health officials to healthcare providers to academic researchers and health policy administrators, all of which are well compensated for their unique expertise.

A Look at Public Health Salaries for Professionals in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission provides the salary ranges for a number of public health professionals who were employed in the Oklahoma City metropolitan statistical area in 2014. Professionals with advanced degrees such as a Master of Public Health are likely to earn on the high end of the salary scales shown here:

Public Health Profession
90th Percentile Annual Salary
Community and Social Services: Community Health Workers
$67710
Community and Social Services: Health Educators
$72560
Community and Social Services: Rehabilitation Counselors
$52220
Community and Social Services: Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$59200
Computers and Mathematics: Statisticians
$85330
Engineers: Mining & Geological Engineers
$143270
Healthcare Practitioners: Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$93660
Life and Social Sciences: Biochemists & Biophysicists
$117960
Life and Social Sciences: Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$107640
Life and Social Sciences: Epidemiologists
$79280
Life and Social Sciences: Microbiologists
$100390
Life and Social Sciences: Social Scientists
$83410
Public Administration: Social & Community Service Managers
$90590

A Salary Analysis for Public Health Professionals Throughout Oklahoma

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown of the hourly wages and annual salaries of a number of different types of public health professionals who worked in Oklahoma in 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
1360
53740
Statisticians
220
54790
Mining and Geological Engineers Including Mining Safety Engineers
640
108590
Biological Scientists All Other
180
65520
Epidemiologists
80
53940
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
590
64580
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
160
62230
Social Science Research Assistants
110
36330
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
1150
40710
Rehabilitation Counselors
1720
32080
Healthcare Social Workers
2080
44260
Health Educators
800
49950
Community Health Workers
1160
37320
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
1090
62270

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