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  • 5 Best Paying Cities for Public Health Careers

    Professionals in public health have a variety of locations to consider when weighing career options. A survey of the BLS record of average pay for the five specialties listed above shows these five metropolitan areas are the top paying for public health careers. Population data in the following list is from the U.S. Census City and Town Population totals


    • Bridgeport, Connecticut: Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut. As of 2018, Bridgeport had an estimated population of 144,900, according to the U.S. Census. The Bridgeport area includes Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut. The median salary for the five health care specialties is $137,090 per year.
    • Boston, Massachusetts: Historic Boston’s population totaled 694,583 as of 2018. The greater metropolitan area includes Cambridge, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire. The median yearly salary for the five specialties is $132,365.
    • New York, New York: New York is the largest city in the nation, with a 2018 population of 8,398,748. The area includes Newark, and Jersey City, New Jersey. The median salary for the five health care specialties per year is $122,565.
    • Seattle, Washington: Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, with a 2018 population of 744,955. Other major cities in the area include Tacoma and Bellevue. The estimated median salary for the five specialties is $114,215 per year.
    • Washington, D.C.: The nation’s capital has a population of 702,455. The area also includes Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia. The median salary for the health care specialties is $111,900.

    10 Top States for Public Health Jobs

    Some states average higher pay for the five public health specialties highlighted in this article. The top-paying jobs include biostatistics, health leadership and epidemiology. The highest pay is centered on the East Coast, with the rest on the West Coast.

    This list of top states for public health jobs is also based on information from the BLS.

    • New York: $136,770
    • New Jersey: $129,320
    • Connecticut: $132,770
    • Delaware: 129,070
    • Massachusetts: $128,730
    • California: $122,500
    • Delaware: $112,500
    • Washington: $111,160
    • Connecticut: $109,060
    • Maine: $102,940

    Is a Career in Public Health Right for You?

    Public health workers with a master’s degree, and those who have experience working with a specific population, may be able to compete for entry-level as well as more senior-level public health job opportunities. Additional opportunities for public health jobs are often open to candidates who speak a second language or come from the culture or the community that they intend to serve. If you are interested in helping others, reflect on whether a public health career is right for you.

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