Both the government and private organizations employ consultants to examine their equipment and procedures and ensure they are in compliance with public health regulations. Salaries for public health consultants vary depending on the consultants level of experience, the type of organization he is working for and his area’s cost of living.
Public health consultants earned an average salary of $65,610 and a median salary of $64,660 as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In the 10th percentile salaries were lower than $38,780 and in the 25th percentile salaries were lower than $49,410, while consultants in the 75th percentile earned over $80,430 and those in the 90th percentile earned over $94,180 annually.
The bureau reports that around 41 percent of public health consultants worked in government agencies, as of 2010. The federal executive branch offered an average salary of $77,120 a year, while the local government offered $57,440 and the state government offered $59,960. Public health consultants working with general medical and surgical hospitals earned an average of $64,290. In the industry of management, scientific and technical consulting services, the average salary of a public health consultant was $61,310, while those working in remediation and other waste management services earned an average of $71,430 annually.
As of 2010, the highest employment levels of all states of public health consultants were in Texas and California, which offered respective average salaries of $63,440 and $75,630. Wyoming had the highest concentration of jobs for these consultants and offered an average salary of $64,110, followed by Delaware, which offered an average salary of $62,280. The bureau names the District of Columbia and Alaska as the two highest paying states for public health consultants with salary averages of $87,280 and $78,800 respectively.
Outlook and Advancement
The bureau predicts an increase of 11 percent in the employment of public health consultants between 2008 and 2018, a rate which is about as fast as the average for all jobs in the nation. Public health consultants seeking advancement may obtain voluntary certification from organizations offering specialty credentials, such as the American Board of Health Physicists, the American Indoor Air Quality Control or the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. The two highest paying industries for public health consultants were the pipeline transportation of crude oil and the offices of health practitioners, which offered respective salary averages of $81,690 and $85,200, as of 2010.