CDC Director Redfield’s Salary Nearly Twice As Much As Predecessor’s Pay

Associated Press: CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors’ pay
“…Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., 66, has [had a] long career as a top HIV researcher, but he had no experience working in public health or managing a public health agency. The U.S. government is paying him $375,000 a year to run the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s nearly twice the annual compensation given to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who had the job for six months before resigning in January. Her annual pay rate was $197,300…” (Stobbe, 4/23).

Forbes: A Little-Known Program Explains Why the New CDC Director Earns Twice as Much as His Predecessor
“…Redfield’s salary falls under a program called Title 42, which is intended to attract top scientists with essential skills to public service by edging a bit closer to the salaries they could expect to make in the private sector. Thousands of workers at the CDC and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are paid under Title 42. Still, it is unusual to pay a CDC director — or a director of other national health agencies — under this program. … It is unclear why Redfield’s salary was determined under Title 42 while those of his predecessors were not…” (Detrick, 4/24).

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