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Competitive Salaries

How do the salaries for Health Educators compare to other professions? 

Health Educators Enjoy Competitive Salaries 

Health Educators enjoy competitive Salaries - while those with Master's degrees may receive higher salaries, and those with Doctorates the highest salaries. As of the year 2010, the following summary of facts was provided by BLS (2012) and is most pertinent for entry-level M.A. or M.S. degree holders (those with the Ed.D. may earn much more):

  • Year 2010 median pay for Health Educators was $45,830 annually and$22.03 per hour. The pay of Health Educators compares favorably to the median annual wage of other professions--as shown by just a few selected examples:
    • $39,280 for Community and Social Service Occupations
    • $42,480 for social workers (bachelor's degree)
    • $39,710 for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists (master's degree)

Note: Entry level Health Educator positions required a minimum of a Bachelor's degree while other positions required a master's degree; and, the median pay does not reflect the higher salaries for those with a master's degree or doctorate. 

Wages for Health Educators Vary by Setting

The 2010 wage of most Health Educators in varied settings were as follows, according to the BLS (2012):

  • $58,440 for Hospitals - state, local, private (which compares favorably to the $53,250 2010 annual salary for dietitians and nutritionists, for example) 
  • $48,900 for Government 
  • $41,201 for Ambulatory health care services 
  • $40,430 for Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar 
  • $23,850 for Social Assistance (BLS, 2012, para.5)

Note: The median pay does not reflect the higher salaries for those with a master's degree or doctorate. 

REFERENCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2012). Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Health Educators. U.S. Department of Labor. Retrieved August 8, 2012 from http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm.

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