How Much Do Epidemiologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Epidemiologists investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$83620 per year
Hourly wage
$40 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$49,140 to $59,380 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$24 to $29 per hour

Entry-level Epidemiologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $49,140 to $59,380 per year or $24 to $29 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Epidemiologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $61 $126,040
Senior (Top 25%) $47 $97,270
Middle (Mid 50%) $36 $74,560
Junior (Bottom 25%) $29 $59,380
No experience (Bottom 10%) $24 $49,140

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $55 $113,900
NV $50 $104,530
MD $49 $100,940
DC $48 $99,520
NJ $48 $99,330
CA $46 $96,690
MA $44 $90,960
PA $44 $90,780
CT $43 $89,450
TN $42 $87,550

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Epidemiologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Epidemiologists are in the states of WA, NV, MD, DC and NJ.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Grantmaking and Giving Services $146610 $70.49
Specialty Hospitals $135050 $64.93
Management of Companies and Enterprises $118990 $57.21
Offices of Physicians $116870 $56.19
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $114050 $54.83
Scientific Research and Development Services $110490 $53.12
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $109510 $52.65
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $93080 $44.75
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $87750 $42.19
Employment Services $86710 $41.69
Local Government $75950 $36.51
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $74070 $35.61
State Government $72790 $35.00
Individual and Family Services $68540 $32.95

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