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Epidemiologists Pay Salary

The median annual wage of epidemiologists was $63,010 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,360, and the top 10 percent earned more than $98,380.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of epidemiologists in May 2010 were:

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing$92,920
Hospitals; state, local, and private72,990
Scientific research and development services67,160
Colleges, universities, and professional schools61,870
Federal, state, and local government 57,390


Most epidemiologists work full time and have a routine work schedule. Fieldwork or public health emergencies occasionally may cause epidemiologists to work irregular hours.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition