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Public Health Salaries in Wisconsin

The state of Wisconsin spent more than $74.8 million on public health in fiscal year 2013-14. In addition, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) invested more than $92.1 million, while the Health Resources and Services Administration contributed an additional $85.2 million to the state that year.

This spending has a direct impact on developing new public health programs in the state, and contributes to higher salaries and better job opportunities for the state’s public health professionals:

  • While the state’s epidemiologists monitor a number of diseases, pertussis is of particular concern. In 2014, 65 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties reported cases of this disease, and the incidence was the highest in the country that year.
  • Environmental health specialists in Wisconsin monitor four types of contaminants in drinking water: arsenic, nitrates, trihalomethane, and haloacetic acid. They will soon be broadening the range of toxins they examine.
  • The Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 plan has the goals of improving health and eliminating health disparities. Stakeholders throughout Wisconsin contributed to this plan, including state and local public health officials, those with non-governmental organizations, healthcare providers, and academic researchers.
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A Look at Public Health Salaries in Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development provides the salaries for a number of public health occupational classifications found in the Milwaukee metropolitan statistical area in 2013.

Highly educated public health professionals such as those with a Master of Public Health are likely to have the experience to earn the higher salaries shown here:

Public Health Profession
Experienced Annual Salary
Community Health Workers
$52770
Health Educators
$62750
Healthcare Social Workers
$55590
Rehabilitation Counselors
$44650
Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$53320
Statisticians
$78830
Health & Safety Engineers
$75260
Occupational Health & Safety Specialists
$70060
Biochemists & Biophysicists
$79440
Environmental Scientists & Specialists
$69560
Microbiologists
$82100
Social Science Research Assistants
$51640
Sociologists
$76560
Social & Community Service Managers
$69650

A Salary Analysis of Public Health Professionals Statewide

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed breakdown by percentile of the hourly wages and annual salaries for public health professionals who were employed throughout Wisconsin in 2014:

Occupation
Employment
Annual mean wage
Social and Community Service Managers
3000
61060
Statisticians
280
74890
Microbiologists
390
62650
Biological Scientists All Other
480
70210
Epidemiologists
70
68980
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Including Health
930
62390
Sociologists
100
56770
Social Scientists and Related Workers All Other
250
65830
Social Science Research Assistants
580
38720
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
1340
44370
Rehabilitation Counselors
1530
36360
Healthcare Social Workers
2850
50030
Health Educators
1120
54900
Community Health Workers
770
41150
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
990
64370

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