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According to Forbes.com, the MPH is ranked among the top 10 degrees in terms of providing a good return on the investment in education, with today’s MPH-educated professionals earning a mid-career median salary of $84,100. Additionally, the number of jobs becoming available to public health professionals with the MPH credential is expected to increase by nearly 31 percent in the ten-year period leading up to 2022.

A survey performed by one New England-based public health institution in 2014 revealed that MPH graduates that secure jobs in the public sector earned an average starting salary of $55,000, while those in the private sector enjoyed an average starting salary of $85,000.

A Comparison of Salaries Among Public Health Professionals in Various Fields

Salaries in public health can vary widely based on the area of the country in which these professionals are located, their level of education, and the sector in which the job is located (private, public, academic, or non-profit). Further, average salaries for public health professionals vary quite a bit from one area of specialty to the next, even within the same sector.

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a view into public health salaries nationwide, which provides individuals with aspirations of entering the field of public health a good idea of what they can expect to earn in a number of career specializations (2014):

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
116670
67730
Statisticians
26970
84010
Health and Safety Engineers Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
24530
84850
Biological Scientists
103210
79200
Microbiologists
20670
76530
Epidemiologists
5420
74120
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
88740
72050
Social Scientists and Related Workers
239140
76380
Survey Researchers
15410
54730
Sociologists
2240
78810
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
32010
80040
Social Science Research Assistants
27780
43070
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians Including Health
33760
45910
Counselors Social Workers and Other Community and Social Service Specialists
1857280
45310
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
85180
41870
Rehabilitation Counselors
103890
37890
Healthcare Social Workers
145920
53590
Miscellaneous Community and Social Service Specialists
640230
39070
Health Educators
57020
55260
Community Health Workers
47880
38180
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
65130
70470

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Social and Community Service Manager Salaries

The US Department of Labor reported social and community service managers earned a mean annual salary of $67,730, with the top 10 percent earning $104,540 on average.

The top-paying employer for social and community service managers is the federal government, which reported a mean, annual salary of $96,730, followed by insurance carriers at $93,500, scientific research and development services companies at $92,120, and specialty hospitals at $89,440.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
850
63810
Alaska
320
72920
Arizona
1540
68830
Arkansas
1160
51840
California
13800
76110
Colorado
1300
73050
Connecticut
3310
67590
Delaware
760
65440
District of Columbia
1110
88080
Florida
3430
74290
Georgia
1650
64280
Hawaii
790
59870
Idaho
780
49040
Illinois
4630
64350
Indiana
2350
54370
Iowa
2150
53230
Kansas
920
58590
Kentucky
2110
57630
Louisiana
1710
64470
Maine
1070
56170
Maryland
1760
74120
Massachusetts
6500
64910
Michigan
3490
64830
Minnesota
2840
68900
Mississippi
760
45830
Missouri
Estimate Not Released
57410
Montana
480
51880
Nebraska
800
58730
Nevada
790
66810
New Hampshire
550
61580
New Jersey
3550
80280
New Mexico
1020
59880
New York
10640
82510
North Carolina
2250
64490
North Dakota
500
61410
Ohio
4150
65630
Oklahoma
1360
53740
Oregon
2940
60670
Pennsylvania
5840
64430
Puerto Rico
280
45090
Rhode Island
550
81850
South Carolina
890
56860
South Dakota
220
66650
Tennessee
1930
60800
Texas
4560
67070
Utah
1030
60580
Vermont
500
68490
Virgin Islands
40
57320
Virginia
2470
75300
Washington
2900
66350
West Virginia
620
53260
Wisconsin
3000
61060
Wyoming
330
57690

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Statistician Salaries

According to the US Department of Labor, in 2014 statisticians earned a mean, annual salary of $84,010, with the top 10 percent earning $129,830.

The top-paying state for statisticians that year was New Jersey, where the average salary was $110,410, followed by Washington D.C. at $103,960, California at $103,590, Maryland at $98,400, and North Carolina at $96,840.

The American Statistical Association, in their 2013-14 academic salary survey, reported a median, annual salary of $72,200 for statisticians in the academic sector and $136,000 for statisticians in the business, industry, and government sectors.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
250
56060
Arizona
510
78560
Arkansas
140
55180
California
2680
103590
Colorado
450
79960
Connecticut
350
Estimate Not Released
Delaware
90
94990
District of Columbia
1200
103960
Florida
860
59010
Georgia
400
84490
Hawaii
100
63520
Idaho
40
75050
Illinois
540
77490
Indiana
550
58980
Iowa
120
69320
Kansas
240
79500
Kentucky
100
77160
Louisiana
Estimate Not Released
70410
Maine
70
Estimate Not Released
Maryland
2910
98400
Massachusetts
2310
86940
Michigan
490
82020
Minnesota
630
79090
Mississippi
30
56780
Missouri
550
66180
Montana
40
50200
Nebraska
170
57440
Nevada
80
Estimate Not Released
New Hampshire
90
70190
New Jersey
540
110410
New Mexico
70
75770
New York
1280
77600
North Carolina
950
96840
North Dakota
80
63810
Ohio
730
81440
Oklahoma
220
54790
Oregon
520
65910
Pennsylvania
1990
77480
Puerto Rico
240
35000
Rhode Island
40
77670
South Carolina
390
57580
Tennessee
460
61770
Texas
1060
80930
Utah
160
79430
Vermont
50
60340
Virginia
910
81050
Washington
1010
81790
West Virginia
130
60080
Wisconsin
280
74890
Wyoming
30
77710

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Health and Safety Engineer Salaries

The US Department of Labor reported a mean, annual salary of $75,870, as of May 2014, with the top 10 percent earning $118,750.

The top-paying industries for health and safety engineers during this time was professional scientific, and technical services at $75,870, state and local government at $75,180, building construction at $70,420, and heavy and civil engineering construction at $69,910.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
500
92330
Alaska
190
119310
Arizona
440
77330
Arkansas
90
61870
California
2780
93810
Colorado
420
97380
Connecticut
160
85540
Delaware
60
104840
District of Columbia
220
97650
Florida
990
74690
Georgia
1200
73050
Hawaii
200
73470
Idaho
120
93870
Illinois
840
74660
Indiana
400
75040
Iowa
110
76590
Kansas
210
71300
Kentucky
230
69650
Louisiana
800
72750
Maine
70
64650
Maryland
510
89800
Massachusetts
550
93630
Michigan
620
89830
Minnesota
370
83980
Mississippi
210
60700
Missouri
410
89660
Montana
100
57700
Nebraska
110
85250
Nevada
190
82640
New Hampshire
60
82750
New Jersey
410
93000
New Mexico
260
70540
New York
1470
86060
North Carolina
430
73560
North Dakota
70
74270
Ohio
650
81620
Oklahoma
830
84910
Oregon
220
81260
Pennsylvania
1220
79710
Puerto Rico
70
70940
South Carolina
480
66810
South Dakota
70
64940
Tennessee
690
84810
Texas
2360
100380
Utah
220
79290
Vermont
60
84120
Virginia
680
91820
Washington
550
96580
West Virginia
220
72310
Wisconsin
370
67200
Wyoming
50
74710

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Epidemiologist Salaries

According to the US Department of Labor, epidemiologists earned a mean, annual salary of $74,120, with the top 10 percent earning $112,360 as of 2014.

The top-paying industries for epidemiologists, were pharmaceutical and medical manufacturers at $141,980, computer systems designers at $98,620, scientific research and development companies at $96,420, and outpatient care centers at $94,170.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
40
59140
Arizona
Estimate Not Released
54000
Arkansas
40
63750
California
760
80310
Colorado
250
84480
Connecticut
120
79040
District of Columbia
Estimate Not Released
103180
Florida
50
73220
Georgia
240
60830
Illinois
120
70050
Indiana
60
71400
Iowa
40
71320
Kentucky
110
52600
Louisiana
110
61790
Maine
40
75210
Maryland
310
77010
Massachusetts
430
85950
Michigan
110
66420
Minnesota
80
72810
Mississippi
70
40100
Missouri
80
57680
Nebraska
30
64680
New Jersey
120
101480
New York
220
78020
North Carolina
150
99400
Ohio
130
60610
Oklahoma
80
53940
Pennsylvania
120
79940
Puerto Rico
60
37750
Tennessee
110
73160
Texas
400
61510
Virginia
90
73130
Washington
300
89350
West Virginia
40
48900
Wisconsin
70
68980

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Microbiologist Salaries

The US Department of Labor found that microbiologists earned a mean, annual salary of $76,530, with the top 10 percent earning $125,000 as of 2014. The top-paying states for microbiologists include Washington D.C. at $107,210, Maryland at $106,470, California at $95,750, Louisiana at $90,240, and Georgia at $85,380.

The Scientist magazine, in their 2014 salary survey, reported an average annual salary of $88,966 for microbiologists, an increase from $86,097 in 2013.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
140
71100
Alaska
40
72040
Arizona
150
62740
Arkansas
160
75340
California
4750
95750
Colorado
430
68890
Connecticut
130
79780
Delaware
160
60830
District of Columbia
60
107210
Florida
220
74530
Georgia
780
85380
Hawaii
50
Estimate Not Released
Idaho
120
64380
Illinois
290
82240
Indiana
Estimate Not Released
39990
Iowa
210
78420
Kansas
100
57300
Kentucky
90
54440
Louisiana
50
90240
Maine
100
Estimate Not Released
Maryland
1320
106470
Massachusetts
1980
64240
Michigan
280
60620
Minnesota
230
71100
Mississippi
40
75350
Missouri
180
73240
Montana
130
73230
Nebraska
130
67830
Nevada
50
80420
New Jersey
310
81480
New Mexico
40
59730
New York
1740
73810
North Carolina
370
67990
North Dakota
30
51100
Ohio
430
76620
Oklahoma
40
60360
Oregon
120
64830
Pennsylvania
1090
71380
Puerto Rico
210
49420
South Carolina
60
64110
South Dakota
110
58210
Tennessee
220
66420
Texas
690
54900
Utah
170
58730
Virginia
560
74010
Washington
560
69640
West Virginia
50
49540
Wisconsin
390
62650

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Sociologist Salaries

Sociologists earned a mean, annual salary of $78,810 in 2014, according to the US Department of Labor. The top 10 percent earned $127,890.

Sociologists working for the federal government earned the highest average salary that year at $98,500, followed by scientific research and development companies at $87,490, local government at $70,620, and state government at $66,210.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Arizona
40
60470
California
540
86500
Colorado
Estimate Not Released
65140
District of Columbia
100
112740
Florida
60
65670
Maryland
50
88090
Massachusetts
130
91070
Michigan
70
75580
New Jersey
Estimate Not Released
104620
New York
430
75910
North Carolina
50
84030
Ohio
60
58880
Pennsylvania
130
98840
Texas
100
37830
Virginia
50
93440
Washington
90
66210
Wisconsin
100
56770

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Environmental Health Scientist and Specialist Salaries

In 2014, environmental scientists and specialists earned an average, annual salary of $72,050, according to the US Department of Labor, with the top 10 percent earning $114,990.

The top states for environmental scientists that year in terms of average pay were Washington D.C. at $107,570, Virginia at $84,820, California at $83,120, Illinois at $80,430, and Colorado at $79,500.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
920
59340
Alaska
1050
72950
Arizona
1480
63620
Arkansas
290
61190
California
15880
83120
Colorado
2890
79500
Connecticut
790
73940
Delaware
430
Estimate Not Released
District of Columbia
1570
107570
Florida
5180
55350
Georgia
1720
56290
Guam
40
58890
Hawaii
600
61220
Idaho
500
Estimate Not Released
Illinois
1810
80430
Indiana
840
55740
Iowa
590
64780
Kansas
940
64420
Kentucky
530
58170
Louisiana
1410
59400
Maine
450
57250
Maryland
2180
74420
Massachusetts
2340
68550
Michigan
1890
66930
Minnesota
1590
66760
Mississippi
470
56190
Missouri
1220
48060
Montana
400
58520
Nebraska
490
63250
Nevada
710
69540
New Hampshire
430
70980
New Jersey
2620
78430
New Mexico
950
68560
New York
2740
74440
North Carolina
4060
60080
North Dakota
220
60490
Ohio
2860
66770
Oklahoma
590
64580
Oregon
1110
71870
Pennsylvania
2910
73120
Puerto Rico
510
46520
Rhode Island
250
78870
South Carolina
670
58950
South Dakota
260
66660
Tennessee
1340
72280
Texas
6480
77480
Utah
660
71300
Vermont
380
60710
Virgin Islands
60
51850
Virginia
3100
84820
Washington
3930
76360
West Virginia
620
45540
Wisconsin
930
62390
Wyoming
470
59720

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Salary Expectations for Social Scientist and Related Professionals

The US Department of Labor reported that the average annual salary for social scientists was $80,040, with the top 10 percent earning $116,910 as of 2014.

Social scientists in the following states earned the highest average salaries that year: Virginia at $104,950, Washington D.C. at $102,130, Maryland at $90,030, Connecticut at $89,090, and Hawaii at $88,610.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
210
81370
Alaska
190
72110
Arizona
560
78000
Arkansas
250
53510
California
3760
78620
Colorado
760
75270
Connecticut
270
89090
Delaware
40
68920
District of Columbia
2930
102130
Florida
1670
68260
Georgia
1000
65140
Hawaii
340
88610
Idaho
Estimate Not Released
66420
Illinois
580
Estimate Not Released
Indiana
190
73710
Iowa
140
Estimate Not Released
Kansas
260
71530
Kentucky
370
62950
Louisiana
200
68010
Maine
100
60680
Maryland
2070
90030
Massachusetts
810
75840
Michigan
380
72910
Minnesota
360
69640
Mississippi
200
64670
Missouri
190
75330
Montana
50
66180
Nevada
140
73160
New Hampshire
140
64800
New Jersey
290
79350
New Mexico
180
74230
New York
2100
83000
North Carolina
1250
72650
North Dakota
70
67000
Ohio
1440
72370
Oklahoma
160
62230
Oregon
350
74590
Pennsylvania
470
79700
Puerto Rico
210
50680
Rhode Island
90
72240
South Carolina
190
70500
South Dakota
80
64580
Tennessee
290
65700
Texas
1930
74410
Utah
150
54210
Vermont
40
77500
Virginia
3130
104950
Washington
650
68950
West Virginia
530
46440
Wisconsin
250
65830
Wyoming
30
62020

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Social Science Research Assistant Salaries

According to the US Department of Labor, social science research assistants earned an average annual salary of $43,070, with the top 10 percent earning $69,570 as of 2014.

The top-paying industries for social science research assistants were management of companies and enterprises at $51,940, business, professional, labor and similar organizations at $51,720, state government at $50,580, and outpatient care centers at $49,180.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Arizona
250
38280
California
3070
50300
Colorado
260
39750
Connecticut
40
42080
District of Columbia
2790
41970
Florida
Estimate Not Released
32070
Georgia
630
43340
Hawaii
50
45300
Illinois
340
52940
Indiana
1240
40790
Iowa
140
36050
Kentucky
60
38840
Louisiana
130
28460
Maine
210
41960
Maryland
820
52210
Massachusetts
1560
51380
Michigan
360
35430
Minnesota
90
55790
Missouri
120
40490
Nebraska
Estimate Not Released
44400
Nevada
110
45330
New Jersey
180
50700
New Mexico
40
46760
New York
7170
39480
North Carolina
1250
47060
Ohio
210
40370
Oklahoma
110
36330
Oregon
440
47390
Pennsylvania
730
41260
South Carolina
110
46800
Tennessee
440
39040
Texas
1050
38350
Utah
210
49300
Virginia
900
49690
Washington
280
39220
West Virginia
210
45480
Wisconsin
580
38720
Wyoming
40
34580

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Salary Expectations for Biological Scientists and Related Professionals

The average annual salary for biological scientists in 2014 was $77,920, according to the US Department of Labor, with the top 10 percent earning $115,260 on average.

The top-paying industries for biological scientists that year include: management, scientific, and technical services companies at $114,180; medical equipment and supplies manufacturing companies at $99,360; physicians’ offices at $96,980; and wholesale electronic markets and agents/brokers at $96,770.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
170
65430
Alaska
350
75770
Arizona
590
61420
California
7710
83910
Colorado
590
70940
Connecticut
70
80860
District of Columbia
260
106160
Florida
1430
73900
Georgia
760
70980
Hawaii
310
69480
Idaho
310
66550
Illinois
480
79900
Indiana
460
63200
Iowa
190
58940
Kansas
160
74630
Kentucky
230
61350
Louisiana
410
63120
Maryland
3490
94710
Massachusetts
1920
88930
Michigan
280
67610
Minnesota
540
65930
Mississippi
280
70550
Missouri
330
69520
Montana
420
61310
Nebraska
160
69250
Nevada
190
67600
New Hampshire
80
85400
New Jersey
490
80860
New Mexico
Estimate Not Released
63910
New York
680
72890
North Carolina
780
76140
North Dakota
150
64060
Ohio
590
69510
Oklahoma
180
65520
Oregon
790
66510
Pennsylvania
430
77320
Rhode Island
40
79380
South Carolina
160
70970
South Dakota
100
59730
Tennessee
340
64160
Texas
1570
68780
Utah
230
66590
Virginia
550
99360
Washington
1150
75830
West Virginia
160
068440
Wisconsin
480
70210
Wyoming
180
64880

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Community Health Worker Salaries

Community health workers earned an average annual salary of $38,180 in 2014, according to the US Department of Labor, with the top 10 percent earning $60,360 on average.

That year, the top-paying industries for community health workers included: scientific research and developmental services at $62,760, specialty hospitals at $59,640, insurance carriers at $49,830, and management, scientific, and technical consultants at $46,180.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
430
40020
Alaska
600
41530
Arizona
860
40960
Arkansas
410
39810
California
6160
42250
Colorado
440
44600
Connecticut
630
40230
Delaware
190
34430
District of Columbia
630
65150
Florida
2370
32700
Georgia
1170
30210
Guam
70
43910
Hawaii
990
24110
Idaho
440
31420
Illinois
3760
37790
Indiana
1190
37430
Iowa
500
31860
Kansas
530
32620
Kentucky
450
34870
Louisiana
510
32880
Maine
210
32160
Maryland
1460
39650
Massachusetts
1900
41550
Michigan
1790
35390
Minnesota
990
37420
Mississippi
410
35670
Missouri
1160
35740
Montana
170
35220
Nebraska
600
32460
Nevada
160
47640
New Hampshire
160
37990
New Jersey
770
41860
New Mexico
690
36310
New York
2900
41410
North Carolina
780
38980
North Dakota
200
37000
Ohio
590
38920
Oklahoma
1160
37320
Oregon
470
44160
Pennsylvania
1130
38610
Puerto Rico
230
26010
Rhode Island
60
42520
South Carolina
160
48490
Tennessee
930
32590
Texas
3470
35270
Utah
600
40670
Vermont
310
40800
Virginia
630
36410
Washington
580
46440
West Virginia
300
25860
Wisconsin
770
41150
Wyoming
80
37780

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Health Educator Salaries

Health educators earned an average annual salary of $55,260 in 2014, according to the US Department of Labor, while the top 10 percent earned an average of $90,260.

Health educators in the following states earned the highest average salaries that year: Maryland at $86,540, Washington D.C. at $81,850, Georgia at $76,170, and Rhode Island at $68,180.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
290
42440
Alaska
290
58180
Arizona
1290
48620
Arkansas
370
43780
California
7420
58710
Colorado
700
53760
Connecticut
520
59630
Delaware
150
62820
District of Columbia
870
81580
Florida
2990
45750
Georgia
3070
76170
Guam
70
47330
Hawaii
390
52020
Idaho
250
54410
Illinois
2140
55320
Indiana
1520
56160
Iowa
520
56510
Kansas
310
54090
Kentucky
540
44610
Louisiana
430
52240
Maine
320
48710
Maryland
1770
86540
Massachusetts
2300
52380
Michigan
1400
52100
Minnesota
1480
50270
Mississippi
470
39400
Missouri
1150
47510
Montana
420
44130
Nebraska
590
44520
Nevada
210
60740
New Hampshire
170
49800
New Jersey
540
58760
New Mexico
600
49730
New York
4680
49800
North Carolina
1030
48570
North Dakota
270
52340
Ohio
1790
55480
Oklahoma
800
49950
Oregon
730
58330
Pennsylvania
2700
57200
Puerto Rico
510
29250
Rhode Island
310
68180
South Carolina
780
48390
South Dakota
130
46820
Tennessee
960
37230
Texas
2490
52660
Utah
380
47000
Vermont
250
51570
Virginia
1080
54530
Washington
1430
55280
West Virginia
510
39660
Wisconsin
1120
54900
Wyoming
150
43430

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Healthcare Social Worker Salaries

The average annual salary of healthcare social workers was $53,590 in 2014, with the top 10 percent earning an average of $76,940.

The top-paying industries for healthcare social workers are health and personal care stores at $73,740, specialty hospitals at $62,310, and employment services at $62,310 on average.

The National Association of Social Workers’ 2009 Compensation and Benefits Survey reported a mean annual salary of $59,800 for social workers, while the top 10 percent earned more than $92,000. Social workers employed in hospitals and medical centers earned an average annual salary of $60,000 during the same time.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
2250
45010
Alaska
260
52480
Arizona
2950
50240
Arkansas
1060
48030
California
13570
67860
Colorado
2110
54750
Connecticut
1900
64540
Delaware
500
48810
District of Columbia
480
64390
Florida
5260
47680
Georgia
4090
48100
Hawaii
840
55530
Idaho
700
51320
Illinois
4470
53110
Indiana
3830
46010
Iowa
1480
48540
Kansas
1040
45210
Kentucky
1610
44860
Louisiana
1910
49110
Maine
730
49720
Maryland
3430
55540
Massachusetts
11090
57740
Michigan
5890
52640
Minnesota
2530
52840
Mississippi
1900
44390
Missouri
4810
45290
Montana
490
47480
Nebraska
1050
43860
Nevada
460
62300
New Hampshire
540
57630
New Jersey
3150
58220
New Mexico
1110
48270
New York
11540
58950
North Carolina
3660
48670
North Dakota
330
45450
Ohio
6420
51320
Oklahoma
2080
44260
Oregon
1310
61500
Pennsylvania
7970
47860
Puerto Rico
600
28010
Rhode Island
590
59990
South Carolina
2120
46120
South Dakota
480
38980
Tennessee
2990
48990
Texas
8600
56090
Utah
910
57030
Vermont
390
Estimate Not Released
Virginia
2370
53090
Washington
3000
57210
West Virginia
700
43640
Wisconsin
2850
50030
Wyoming
150
50230

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Salaries for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorders Counselors

The US Department of Labor reports that substance abuse and behavioral disorders counselors earned an average annual salary of $41,870 in 2014, with the top 10 percent earning an average of $61,420.

The top-earning professionals in the industry worked in the following industries, shown here with respective average salaries: junior colleges, $63,860; educational support services companies, $56,150; elementary and secondary schools, $53,920; and colleges and universities, $53,110.

The American Counseling Association reported that mental health, clinical mental health, and community counselors earned an average salary of $40,422 in 2014.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
600
41920
Alaska
210
50660
Arizona
2340
41940
Arkansas
510
42320
California
9940
38860
Colorado
1340
42380
Connecticut
1700
46690
Delaware
180
41980
District of Columbia
160
51930
Florida
4460
42550
Georgia
1110
41950
Hawaii
390
43600
Idaho
770
42340
Illinois
2410
36400
Indiana
1070
40240
Iowa
1290
43440
Kansas
770
39310
Kentucky
1540
37920
Louisiana
490
36020
Maine
580
42300
Maryland
2290
43990
Massachusetts
3570
42560
Michigan
1070
43620
Minnesota
2050
46040
Mississippi
700
31860
Missouri
1790
34010
Montana
470
40310
Nebraska
480
40650
Nevada
310
45300
New Hampshire
200
47950
New Jersey
2760
49370
New Mexico
500
40750
New York
8220
46020
North Carolina
1620
44710
North Dakota
280
49350
Ohio
2590
41440
Oklahoma
1150
40710
Oregon
1050
45730
Pennsylvania
7800
41320
Puerto Rico
100
27250
Rhode Island
500
36990
South Carolina
560
37200
South Dakota
550
35950
Tennessee
1290
37240
Texas
4040
38350
Utah
860
34040
Vermont
170
47360
Virginia
2070
47450
Washington
2390
43770
West Virginia
450
30500
Wisconsin
1340
44370
Wyoming
170
46490

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Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Rehabilitation counselors earned an average annual salary of $37,890 in 2014, according to the US Department of Labor. The top 10 percent earned a salary of $59,810 on average.

The top paying states for rehabilitation counselors that year included Alaska at $53,460, New Jersey at $52,500, Rhode Island at $47,050, and Idaho at $46,630 on average.

For comparison, the American Counseling Association reported an average annual salary of $53,561 for rehabilitation counselors in 2014.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
730
36780
Alaska
240
53460
Arizona
800
32320
Arkansas
290
39490
California
11300
35220
Colorado
1290
39060
Connecticut
2570
44090
Delaware
Estimate Not Released
35830
District of Columbia
890
37240
Florida
2840
34670
Georgia
760
40820
Hawaii
220
32200
Idaho
2580
46630
Illinois
3370
39300
Indiana
1020
34370
Iowa
2080
36240
Kansas
530
30120
Kentucky
1250
36150
Louisiana
630
41370
Maine
Estimate Not Released
42550
Maryland
1600
32550
Massachusetts
5500
38970
Michigan
2260
41360
Minnesota
2840
35400
Mississippi
540
33730
Missouri
2570
37180
Montana
530
33910
Nebraska
800
35410
Nevada
270
43460
New Hampshire
500
38190
New Jersey
1630
52500
New Mexico
540
33400
New York
8670
36490
North Carolina
3000
37820
North Dakota
200
43700
Ohio
5930
40160
Oklahoma
1720
32080
Oregon
1570
38240
Pennsylvania
7040
38550
Puerto Rico
290
30180
Rhode Island
440
47050
South Carolina
1370
33580
South Dakota
380
38650
Tennessee
2300
21890
Texas
3960
39910
Utah
400
46150
Vermont
640
42700
Virginia
3360
41820
Washington
6320
39380
West Virginia
560
35060
Wisconsin
1530
36360
Wyoming
200
34160

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Salaries for Community and Social Services Specialists

In 2014, community and social services specialists earned an average annual salary of $43,740, according to the US Department of Labor. The top 10 percent earned an average of $68,860 that year.

The top-paying employers that year were: specialty hospitals, $69,060; scientific research and development services companies, $63,630; insurance carriers, $57,340; and agencies, brokers, and other insurance related companies, $56,060.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
110
36060
Alaska
200
45690
Arizona
1600
36880
Arkansas
370
27770
California
11540
49870
Colorado
2540
42130
Connecticut
780
50020
Delaware
510
36680
District of Columbia
860
44480
Florida
8960
43740
Georgia
2900
28620
Hawaii
860
47770
Idaho
80
37170
Illinois
5000
40010
Indiana
1240
36790
Iowa
990
34750
Kansas
1230
38560
Kentucky
540
41390
Louisiana
5590
39110
Maine
130
36090
Maryland
1790
43590
Massachusetts
1710
39470
Michigan
2490
53710
Minnesota
4590
45260
Mississippi
220
36380
Missouri
870
37150
Montana
480
35490
Nebraska
450
38730
Nevada
360
39240
New Hampshire
680
40010
New Jersey
2760
56000
New Mexico
670
35410
New York
12610
49870
North Carolina
2690
43990
North Dakota
100
46870
Ohio
2970
39760
Oklahoma
200
34530
Oregon
1530
37760
Pennsylvania
1490
42750
Puerto Rico
1230
27410
Rhode Island
100
59710
South Carolina
100
39000
Tennessee
940
38540
Texas
2040
37700
Utah
170
41380
Vermont
260
35390
Virginia
1890
50890
Washington
1210
41830
West Virginia
330
30910
Wisconsin
1850
34710
Wyoming
120
46220

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Occupational Health and Safety Specialist Salaries

According to the US Department of Labor, occupational health and safety specialists earned an average of $70,470 in 2014, with the top 10 percent earning more than $101,000.

That year, the top-paying employers for occupational health and safety specialists were oil and gas extraction companies at $95,170; scientific research and development companies at $88,010; lime and gypsum product manufacturers at $84,200; and insurance carriers at $83,520.

For comparison, according to the American Chemical Society, occupational health and safety specialists earned an average, annual salary of $66,790, as of 2012.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014):

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Alabama
860
68640
Alaska
450
83220
Arizona
1300
64420
Arkansas
580
57680
California
6020
79630
Colorado
1350
77040
Connecticut
620
76480
Delaware
350
71190
District of Columbia
300
85740
Florida
1840
65030
Georgia
920
69920
Guam
80
49750
Hawaii
300
72430
Idaho
300
65510
Illinois
1590
68930
Indiana
1620
60900
Iowa
670
65760
Kansas
730
58130
Kentucky
1370
67660
Louisiana
1040
73270
Maine
290
61800
Maryland
1030
86810
Massachusetts
1050
74000
Michigan
1190
67830
Minnesota
1500
71950
Mississippi
360
68330
Missouri
1280
66510
Montana
490
65080
Nebraska
510
61860
Nevada
550
71840
New Hampshire
270
71980
New Jersey
2070
78380
New Mexico
660
73080
New York
3110
71360
North Carolina
1610
63780
North Dakota
420
74600
Ohio
2940
71410
Oklahoma
1090
62270
Oregon
860
66250
Pennsylvania
2410
68810
Puerto Rico
610
38910
Rhode Island
90
75430
South Carolina
1280
54130
South Dakota
140
61350
Tennessee
1910
64110
Texas
8030
73270
Utah
860
64900
Vermont
100
65880
Virginia
2490
64660
Washington
2340
76020
West Virginia
560
74780
Wisconsin
990
64370
Wyoming
440
68430

* Salaries are equal to or greater than $90 per hour and $187,199 per year. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data beyond $90 per hour and $187,199 per year.

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