Many epidemiologists will continue their education to obtain an advanced degree (such as a MD or PhD). This opens the door for epidemiologists to work in larger facilities and to take on positions with greater responsibility and a higher level of epidemiologist salary. Those with advanced degrees have a wider choice of career paths with more research and teaching positions available to them.
A medical degree qualifies an epidemiologist to administer drugs during clinical research studies and trials - these positions tend to have the highest salaries and thus competition for them can be intense.
Some of the most common industries where epidemiologists work are in pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing; hospitals; scientific research services; colleges and universities; and the government. Those who work in the pharmaceutical and scientific research industries have higher epidemiologist's salaries.
Epidemiologists average a score of 3.3 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Epidemiologists in the 74th percentile of salary satisfaction.